BOY WHO FELL IN SINK HOLE LEAVES HOSPITAL

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: JEFFRI

BOY WHO FELL IN SINK HOLE LEAVES HOSPITAL

JACINTO – A 14-year-old boy who fell into a sinkhole Wednesday afternoon and was trapped there for more than three hours was released late Wednesday from an Alcorn County hospital.

Brody Arnold, of the Altitude community was walking in a wooded area with his grandfather when he went head first into the hole to try and retrieve his dog which got caught first, said Jacinto Fire Capt. Jackie Farr. When he went into the hole, he got stuck about three feet deep, Farr said.

A sink hole is caused by underground water and works similarly to quicksand, Farr said.

Firefighters tried at first to dig the boy out. The teen-ager remained face down in the hole for about three hours. At one point, he lost consciousness and firefighters used force to pull him out.

The dog escaped on his own from a second hole.

The teen-ager was taken to Baptist Hospital in Booneville and later transferred to Magnolia Hospital in Alcorn County.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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