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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WAVE) – A 2-year-old girl and a coach were rescued after falling into a brick cistern in a west Louisville park on Thursday evening.
According to Doug Recktenwald, assistant chief for Louisville Fire & Rescue, crews were dispatched at 7:44 p.m. to Russell Lee Park in the 3600 block of Southern Avenue after MetroSafe received a report about an adult and a child trapped below the surface.
Witnesses at the scene told WAVE 3 News Reporter Connie Leonard the field is used for youth football league games and when the little girl, Myahana Moore, walked away and fell into the hole. Coach Terrence Washington saw her fall and jumped in after her without hesitating.
Myahana’s cousin, Michelle Powell, said when the family heard Myahana had fallen into the cistern, “We were scared, we were screaming, we couldn’t get it together.”
Firefighters said the cistern was an estimated two to three feet wide and 10 to 12 feet deep. Rescuers were able to recover the child from the hole at 8:43 p.m. Around 10 minutes later firefighters were also able to rescue the coach. Washington smiled and waved as the crowd cheered when he was rescued.
Other coaches and parents claimed several calls have been made to the city about the cistern the infant and coach fell into and other holes in the park. Those calls are said to have fallen on deaf ears.
Childcare owner Lanita Gant who was nearby and watched the rescue said it’s a shame something tragic had to happen to bring attention to the problem of the holes.
Everyone who saw Coach Washington jump in to help the girl said they are in awe of his bravery.
Myahana was taken to Kosair Hospital. Family members of Myahana said she was shaken up but is expected to be ok. Coach Washington was taken to University of Louisville Hospital.