When he fell, he suffered an injury to his mouth. “It must have knocked him unconscious,“ Amy Adcock, Kyle’s mother said. He fell head first into the murky water below. His parents estimated the drop to be 20 to 30 feet.
Miles Butler, Principal at Raleigh High School, said the drop was more than six feet, but he didn’t know an exact measurement.
Men standing nearby saw what happened and took action immediately to pull the child to safety. One went into the opening of the pipe head first after him, while the other man held onto his legs. Together the two men were able to extend themselves low enough to reach the boy. “They pulled Kyle out by his ankles,” Amy Adcock said. “The only thing that was dry was his feet.”
First responders were called to the scene and Kyle was taken to Magee General Hospital by ambulance, then to the University Medical Center. Amy said a plastic surgeon was called in to stitch up his lip. Kyle received 14 stitches.
“Kyle was in the water about 35 to 45 seconds,” Joseph Adcock, his father, said. His employer had him airlifted from a platform off shore in Venice, LA, after getting a call from his wife. Returning to the scene at Raleigh High School later, he estimated the pipe to be about 16 to 18 inches wide.
Jimmy Dell Hancock, Superintendent of Education, said, from what he understood the cover had been knocked off.
The pipe now has a cover on it and it is bolted down.
The Adcock family did not know who the strangers were that saved their son, but expressed their gratitude.