Victorville, CA: Firefighters rescue child who fell into a sinkhole.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at 3:14pm PT on Sunday, January 15th, 2017, firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department received reports of a possible child who fell into a sinkhole in Victorville, California.
A rescue response was dispatched which brought multiple units from both Hesperia, California and Victorville, California.
Units arrived approximately six minutes later to find an open pit in a dirt section of land in front of a residential property.
Firefighters made contact with family and witnesses who stated a young child had fallen into a a sink hole.
A 3 foot circular open was found with unstable soil around all edges.
Firefighters’ initial priorities were to secure the area around the hole to prevent any further soil from falling in onto the child.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, 2 ladders were placed in order to distribute the weight and allow firefighters to make contact with the victim.
An 8 year old boy was found alert, talking approximately 15 feet down inside the pit resting in waist high water.
Additional resources were requested to the scene to assist in the rescue.
Since the victim was alert and communicating with firefighters and due to the instability of the soil around the opening, a rapid extraction was effected by lowering pre-tied ropes down to the child which secured his torso, legs and upper extremities.
The child was then extracted vertically from the hole without any complications in about 15 minutes.
San Bernardino County Fire Department paramedics evaluated the child and eventually transported him locally with minor injuries.
According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, 2 truck companies, a paramedic engine, a heavy rescue, a paramedic ambulance, and a chief officer responded to the incident for a total of 12 fire department personnel.
The City of Victorville was contacted to respond to the scene and evaluate the sink hole.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind citizens that if anybody should ever fall into a pit or sink hole to keep a safe distance until firefighters arrive.
Soil can become soft and collapse unless specific precautions are put in place to secure the ground.
This can risk the safety of the victim and potentially hurt would-be rescuers.
** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department. **