Rescuers use iPhone to save boy trapped in well

Eric Pfeiffer

A rescue team in China used an iPhone attached to a string to help rescue a 2-year-old boy. The toddler was stuck at the bottom of a 40-foot well in a village near Mengzi City.

Rescuers used the iPhone camera to help them determine the best way to lower and tie a harness that kept slipping out of place when they tried to bring the boy up to the surface. The Telegraph reports the rescuers kept encountering problems with the harness, which was designed for adults.

After being rescued, the boy was taken to the hospital but reportedly did not sustain any major injuries.

The rescue was quite a change from arguably the most famous story of a baby trapped in a well. Back in 1987, 18-month-old "Baby Jessica," aka Jessica McClure, was rescued from a 20-foot-deep well only eight inches wide. Jessica was trapped in the well for more than two days before rescuers used a waterjet to slice through the well rock and free her.

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