Girl Saves Boy in Water-Filled Hole

Girl Saves Boy in Water-Filled Hole

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WEST HAVEN, Utah (AP) -- Eleven-year-old Kristyn Graham is credited with saving a 7-year-old boy from a 7-foot deep hole filled with water.

Colby Richards was playing with his brother and neighbor children when he ended up in the hole. The neighbor children called for their sister -- Kristyn.

"He was just about to go under water, so I put my hand in and grabbed him," Kristyn said.

Colby's family were thankful for Kristyn's quick thinking.

Colby's father, Lewis Richards, was working on the sprinkler system in his front yard when the incident occurred, but a front loader blocked his line of sight.

By Wednesday morning, the hole Colby fell into was filled with dirt and the boys were back to playing.

Lisa Richards, the boy's mother, said the hole, was open since they moved into the neighborhood a month ago.

The hole is part of a construction project for a new Weber School District elementary school building being built nearby. District spokesman Nate Taggart said he was not aware of the incident and would investigate.

The hole filled with water when a pipe for the Hooper Water Improvement District broke.

Lisa Richards called the district to complain about the incident.

"We were upset to realize our son almost drowned," she said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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