Baltimore County Fire Department tactical rescue experts Sunday evening rescued an 11-year-old boy who had fallen into a well on the grounds of a Rosedale McDonald's.
Crews from Texas Station #17, home of the BCoFD's tactical unit, and confined space teams from Pikesville and Bowleys Quarters volunteer fire companies were among the units dispatched at 6:39 p.m. to the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue.
Two 11-year-old boys had been playing outside the McDonald's when they fell into a 36-inch, stone-lined opening that was covered with landscape fabric and mulch. One of the boys started to fall into the hole but was able to get out before he fell in completely; he called for help. The other boy was stuck 30 to 45 feet below the surface.
Crews from Station 17's Tower 17 used a rope system to lower a firefighter into the hole, where he was able to reach the boy and secure him to a harness. At 7:15 p.m., rescue crews lifted both the boy and the firefighter to safety.
Both boys were transported to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The hole appears to be an old well and is the property of McDonald's. This morning, Baltimore County Public Works crews covered it with a steel plate for safety.