Douglas man dies after well collapses on him

Published On: Jan 22 2013 07:08:55 AM EST
Updated On: Jan 22 2013 07:11:40 AM EST
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DOUGLAS, Ga. -

A man who died after a well collapsed in south Georgia has been identified as 51-year-old Geronimo Delgado of Douglas.

Authorities said emergency crews from four counties struggled for more than 16 hours to free him from the well, but he died early Sunday morning after several cave-ins.

Delgado's wife, Mary Lindsey, told the Florida Times-Union that her husband started digging the well Friday in their front yard. By Saturday, Delgado got down 12 to 15 feet before the ground collapsed in on him around 11 a.m.

Dirt began covering him, and Lindsey said she called 911. As rescue crews worked to free him, more ground gave way and further cave-ins complicated rescue efforts.

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