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A 17-month-old boy was rescued three hours after he fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base. Fire department personnel used a small excavator to uncover the conduit as far as possible, dug the final inches by hand, then opened it up to free the toddler. The child appeared to be uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for observation.
A 17-month-old boy was rescued three hours after he fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base. Fire department personnel used a small excavator to uncover the conduit as far as possible, dug the final inches by hand, then opened it up to free the toddler. The child appeared to be uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for observation. (Westpfalz police department )
A 17-month-old boy was rescued three hours after he fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base. Fire department personnel used a small excavator to uncover the conduit as far as possible, dug the final inches by hand, then opened it up to free the toddler. The child appeared to be uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for observation.
A 17-month-old boy was rescued three hours after he fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base. Fire department personnel used a small excavator to uncover the conduit as far as possible, dug the final inches by hand, then opened it up to free the toddler. The child appeared to be uninjured but was taken to a local hospital for observation. (Westpfalz police department )
Police work to rescue a 17-month-old boy who fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base, on April 22, 2019.
Police work to rescue a 17-month-old boy who fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base, on April 22, 2019. (Weilerbach volunteer fire department/Facebook)
Fire department personnel use a small excavator to rescue a toddler who fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base, on April 22, 2019.
Fire department personnel use a small excavator to rescue a toddler who fell into a nearly 10-foot shaft in Erzenhausen, Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base, on April 22, 2019. (Weilerbach volunteer fire department/Facebook)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Rescue workers freed a 17-month-old American boy after he became stuck in a deep shaft for three hours in a village near Ramstein Air Base.

The boy lifted the cover of an empty corrugated plastic conduit while playing with his mother and brother outside their home in Erzenhausen on Monday. He fell into the conduit, estimated between 10-15 feet deep and a foot wide at about 3 p.m., according to a Westpfalz Police Department statement and Ramstein base officials. Workers freed the boy around 6 p.m., police said.

German fire department personnel used a small excavator to dig a hole next to the tubing, then dug by hand the rest of the way to open the conduit and free the toddler.

The boy is the son of a U.S. contractor working on Ramstein, base officials said.

The child appeared uninjured but was taken via rescue helicopter to Homburg University Hospital for observation, according to Westpfalz police and base officials.

Support from 569th U.S. Forces Police personnel on scene was primarily directed toward coordinating between the family and German first responders, base officials said Tuesday.

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