Emery Howard Speaks Out Following Tuesday's Well Fall
GREER, S.C. -
He’s being called the “miracle kid.”
Tuesday, Greenville rescue crews worked several hours to pull 11 year old Emery Howard from a well estimated at 150 feet deep.
Emery is a little banged up. He’s got a broken arm, swollen ribs and bruises, but he knows it could have been much worse.
“I don't think no one else would have survived it,” he said, shaking his head.
Like most boys his age, Emery has an adventurous streak.
He admits he wasn’t supposed to be near the abandoned home, but had explored the property before and Tuesday was like any other day.
“Well, we was exploring the house. We were on the porch and I was jumping on a board and I fell through…I landed straight up on my feet,” said Emery.
While emergency crews were rushing to the scene, Emery’s mom, Kimberly, learned the news and thought the worst.
“[I took] off running out the door and [left] my front door wide open...and I tried to get back to him, they wouldn't let me. So, I had to stand there...in the cold...and wait,” she explained.
Emery waited, too, turning to God for strength.
“I was praying…just hoping he'd save me and let me get out and stuff,” he said.
Under two hours, those prayers were answered. When he reached the surface, Emery knew what he wanted first.
“See my mom,” he said emphatically.
“I heard him hollering,' "ow, mama! ow mama!"...that's when I knew he was out,” added Kimberly.
Thursday Emery was resting, back to texting friends, teasing his siblings, and even flirting a little.
Mother Kimberly is glad he’s back in her sight.
“I was going to glue him to my hip...he's going to be glued to my side,” she said.
Through this ordeal, she sees a valuable lesson.
“Lesson to the parents...this could happen to you. Keep a close eye out,” she said.
It’s a reminder to others as she counts her blessings.
“That's my miracle baby. That's my miracle,” said a tearful Kimberly.
7 On Your Side learned from DHEC, state inspectors don't check abandoned wells. Instead, it is up to the property owner to maintain. To see if there's a well on your property or near you, check the state DHEC database. Your local county DHEC office should also have a permit on file for any abandoned wells.
Keep in mind; it only has record of wells drilled after 1999, unless the abandon well was reported by the property owner.