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Va. dad climbs into well to save his 2-year-old son

Jaxson was rescued from the well before rescuers arrived, but he did spend about an hour inside before he was safely lifted to safety. The fire and rescue team helped pull Jason to safety (Photo: Spotsylvania Fire & Rescue)

SPOTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) -- A family is crediting their two-year-old's swimming skills and his quick-thinking father for saving his life after the toddler fell into a well.

Spotsylvania Fire and Rescue responded to the home on Post Oak Rd. in Spotsylvania County on October 11.

Jason Hood told WTVR that he was serving their residential well, covered by a tarp, when their son, Jaxson, came up from behind and kind of got caught up on the tarp.

“I had to watch him go down, which wasn’t the easiest thing to do, and listen to him scream as he went down," Hood said. "[I] heard him hit the water and sounded like he was treading water kicking in the water and heard him scream, so I knew he was still conscious and awake.”

Hood's wife called 911 while he stripped down and went in.

His wife, Christina, grabbed a rope and tied it to a lawn mower and threw it into the well to Jason.

Jaxson was rescued from the well before rescuers arrived, but he did spend about an hour inside before he was safely lifted to safety. The fire and rescue team helped pull Jason to safety.

Miraculously, he only suffered a scrape on his thumb.

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