7-year-old pulled from septic tank

BLUE EARTH, Minn. - 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.

Noah and his cousin Gavin were playing when one missing step sent Noah tumbling.

"I was running and then I stepped on that and I fell," said Noah.

Noah fell through the two-foot hole, and ten feet down to the landing into two feet of nasty water.

"It was creepy and dark and stinky," said Noah.

"And he was standing on the sump pump holding on to a PVC pipe," said Deputy Pat Campbell, who was the first one at the scene. "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 shows the rescue. At first they thought a rope would help, but it was a ladder that helped them rescue Noah.

"I had to club up a little bit, but, or was too tight so they pulled me back up," said Noah.

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

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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