• Short Summary

    Six-year-old Anthony Bernardino was rescued from a narrow 27-foot (9 metre) shaft in El Monte, California, after spending seven hours trapped during the night of Thursday-Friday (March 2-3).

  • Description

    Six-year-old Anthony Bernardino was rescued from a narrow 27-foot (9 metre) shaft in El Monte, California, after spending seven hours trapped during the night of Thursday-Friday (March 2-3).

    Early attempts to extricate young Anthony proved futile, then construction workers drilled a hole parallel to the one in which he was wedged, then dug across and pulled him out. Suffering only from multiple bruises and a suspected dislocated hip, Anthony was then taken by Helicopter to Los Angeles County Hospital some 20 miles (32 Kms) away.

    Anthony had fallen while flying a kite with his father and brother.

    SYNOPSIS: Rescue workers fighting against time to reach a six-year-old boy trapped down a 27-foot (9 metre) hole on a construction site in California. The Boy's father--along with hundreds of others--watched as one potential rescuer was lowered head first down the narrow shaft. But he, like others before him, was unable to reach Anthony Bernardino.

    Then, as young Anthony babbled into a microphone which had been lowered to him, workers drilled a parallel shaft, to lower another rescuer down the hole.

    Tension was high as seven hours after the ordeal started, the crane pulled up the rescuer--holding Anthony in his arms, alive and virtually unhurt except for bruises and a possible dislocated hip.

    Anthony had fallen on Thursday evening, while out flying a kite with his father and brother. Throughout the time he was trapped, he kept up his spirits and at one point announced that there were rattle-snakes down there--but it was the noise of the drill and the rescuer digging across to him from the parallel shaft.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9OGL8Q0KBXFNI2XVB1Q5X07AT
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OGL8Q0KBXFNI2XVB1Q5X07AT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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