Man killed and woman rescued after falling down well at Weilmoringle, north-west of Lightning Ridge
A man has died and a woman rescued after falling 30m down a well last night on a remote property near Weilmoringle, about 225km northwest of Lightning Ridge.
About 5.30pm (Saturday 5 December 2015), Lightning Ridge police responded to reports a man and a woman had fallen down a well.
Initial investigations suggest a 29-year-old man became overwhelmed by fumes while installing a water pump at the bottom of the well.
The man’s partner – a 28-year-old woman – began climbing down the well to assist, but fell on to a ledge after the rope ladder broke.
A rescue operation was commenced with several units from Police Rescue, SES, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance Paramedics and officers from Castlereagh Local Area Command in attendance.
The 28-year-old woman was released from the well at 1.15am suffering shock and possible carbon monoxide poisoning. She was flown by helicopter to Orange Base Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.
The 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. A report is now being prepared for the information of the coroner.
Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.
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