HONEY BROOK, Pa. – Officials say emergency crews rescued a 3-year-old boy who fell into a manure pit on a farm near Philadelphia.
Emergency responders were called to the Honey Brook Township farm at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after the child fell into the six- to 10-foot pit inside a large barn.
Fire crews tried to get in to help but quickly became stuck, and as they developed a plan they tried to calm the frightened victim.
Two rescuers with rope harnesses worked their way inside, and after building a plywood platform were able to move through the pit to the victim.
Officials say the boy was alert when he was removed on a stretcher and taken to Ephrata Community Hospital with minor injuries. Authorities say decontaminating rescue personnel and equipment took considerable time.