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DAMIAN DOMINGUEZ | INDEX-JOURNAL

Greenwood firefighters pulled Haskel Norman Henderson's body out of a well Monday night at a Smith Street Extension property in Ware Shoals, according to a release from the Greenwood County Coroner's Office.


WARE SHOALS -- Haskell N. Henderson's death Monday night after falling into a well at a Ware Shoals residence was ruled an accidental drowning, according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox.

Henderson was recovered from the well at about 11:55 p.m. at a Smith Street Extension residence after being reported missing from his home, according to a release from Cox. The release said Henderson was retrieving something from the well and never returned.

Greenwood county and city firefighters were on the scene to recover Henderson's body -- along with Greenwood County deputies, EMS personnel, Ware Shoals police and coroner's office staff.

"It was evident that his well wasn't operating," said Ware Shoals Fire Station Chief Rodney Boyter. "His pump was disconnected. It wasn't clear if he was drawing water from the well or what caused him to fall in."

Law enforcement was called to check on Henderson at about 10 p.m. Monday, Boyter said. Officers found signs of him in the well, and when firefighters and EMS staff came to investigate they discovered it was a recovery operation, not a rescue.

Greenwood Fire Department's fire rescue team was called out to do a confined space rescue operation, said County Fire Coordinator Steve Holmes.

"They have a team specifically for that," he said.

This is a developing story. Check indexjournal.com for updates and read about the rescue operation and confined space recovery in tomorrow's Index-Journal.