Man recovering after falling into well

by Wes Mayer

The man who fell into a well in northern Coweta County on Tuesday is now recovering at home with a few aches and hairline fractures.

Just before noon, Roger Howard, 42, was working on a friend’s porch on the 400-block of Doc Perry Road when the ledge collapsed and he fell into a 30-foot well underneath the house.

“We had no idea that the well was there,” Howard said.

Howard said he fell almost 30 feet, and near the bottom, he hit his face on a concrete block sticking out of the side of the well. He said he probably sunk about three feet into what felt like quicksand, but was able to pull himself up using the concrete block.

Firefighters with the Coweta County Fire Department were quick to respond to the residence, and set up a tripod with a 4-to-1 “Haul/Safe” system, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Denney. After stabilizing the tripod to the home, firefighters used a vehicle as an anchor to lower a rescuer into the well, immobilize Howard in a device and lift him out.

Howard was transported by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center, and he said he was back home recovering the same day. Howard said he suffered from a hairline fracture in his shoulder blade and two hairline fractures in his back.

Howard also said his friends at the home on Doc Perry Road have already fixed the well.

A page at YouCaring.com has been set up to raise money for Howard, and can be visited at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/roger-s-store/162645.

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