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Man reunited with deputy who saved him from cistern well

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Mark Bradshaw (left) and Josh Haley (right) were hunting in rural Tipton County last weekend when one of them fell into a 9-foot-deep cistern well, which was filled with frigid water at least 7 feet deep. Mark Bradshaw (left) and Josh Haley (right) were hunting in rural Tipton County last weekend when one of them fell into a 9-foot-deep cistern well, which was filled with frigid water at least 7 feet deep.
Tipton County Deputy James Wicker responded, climbed down into the well, and rescued Bradshaw. Tipton County Deputy James Wicker responded, climbed down into the well, and rescued Bradshaw.
TIPTON COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Two men were hunting in rural Tipton County last weekend when one of them fell into a 9-foot-deep cistern well, which was filled with frigid water at least 7 feet deep.

Mark Bradshaw's friend, Josh Haley, was unable to pull him out, because the well was too deep.

"I was scared, especially when he said he didn't want to die in that hole," said Haley. "That really got to me."

That is when Haley called the sheriff's department.

Bradshaw says he can swim, but the water was so cold that hypothermia started to set in. Haley dropped an extension cord down into the well in an effort to keep Bradshaw afloat until deputies arrived.

"When I saw that ladder come in, I was happy," said Bradshaw, who was reunited Friday with the deputy who pulled him from the well.

Deputy James Wicker jumped into the well.

"When they raised him up, that cord snapped and he fell on top of me while I was treading water," said Deputy Wicker. "Then, deputies tried to get him out."

"God was looking over us, that's all I can say," said Haley.

Bradshaw and Haley both agree on one thing: always look before you step. Lesson learned.

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