Boy rescued after falling into septic tank

CNN via WCCO; Cell Video - Fairbault Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:21am

A Minnesota boy is doing fine after playtime with his cousin led to a smelly and scary situation. Firefighters had to pull him out of a septic tank.

Seven year old Noah Laehn can't get enough high fives and fist bumps from the two men who pulled him out of the septic tank in his aunt's yard. 

"It was just pitch black," says Noah Laehn.

Noah and his cousin, Gavin, were playing when one missed step sent Noah tumbling. Noah fell through the two-foot hole. He fell ten-feet landing in two-feet of nasty water.

Noah said, "I was running and then I stepped on that and I fell. It was creepy and dark and stinky."

Deputy Pat Campbell was the first on the scene. Campbell tell us, "He was standing on the sub pump holding on to a pvc pipe. When I got there to the tank, I saw that he was okay. He was just holding on to a pole and finally realized we just had to hurry up and get him out."

Video from his squad car shows the rescue. At first they thought a rop would help but it was a ladder that helped them rescue Noah.

Noah told us, "I had to climb up a little bit because it was too tight so they could pull me back up."

Noah's aunt, Chelsea Haledik was happy that he was out saying, "There were tears of joy, I was very happy.

Noah wasn't hurt and after a quick check from doctors and several hot showers he was back at it again playing in the yard making sure to stay clear of the hole that leads to an adventure he'd rather not repeat. 

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