Old Codger Survives 4 Days Trapped In Well

June 28, 2009  
Filed under Weird Stuff

“An 84-year-old man escaped with only minor injuries after he spent four days trapped in a well shaft on his remote property on Canada’s Pacific Coast, police said.

A search dog located Bob Bennett on Wednesday after a friend of the elderly man became concerned that he had not heard from him in several days.”


This saga of an old codger who survived four days trapped in a well received scant attention from the press. I found the Reuters article in the “Odd News” section of Yahoo News.

We live in a society that worships youth, and hides the elderly in nursing homes.

If it had been a 2-year-old toddler or an attractive 18-year old girl who was stuck in a well, the incident would have generated saturation coverage from the cable news outlets. Before the girl got a chance to take a shower, she would have been flooded with offers from talk shows, magazines and and book publishers.

The 84-year-old man should be grateful that a passerby didn’t pour dirt on the well in an attempt to make the well his final resting place.

Bennett is lucky he had a friend who was concerned about him, too many elderly folks don’t have a single person who cares whether they live or die.


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