Payson AZ: 75 year old Ernie Freeman plunged down an abandoned well-shaft in late January. He stopped only when his clothing finally snagged on debris. He’d been working in a shed with volunteers for the local historical society when he unexpectedly disappeared through the rotten boards that covered the well.

After being rescued by area emergency crews he said, ”I was a good 20 feet down. My feet didn’t touch the bottom. If the water had gone over my head, I would have been in big trouble.” There was an estimated 30 feet of water in the well.

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