A two-year-old girl has died after falling 15 feet into a septic tank at a caravan park.
Charleigh Nicole Nelson reportedly plunged through the lid of the tank which buckled when she walked over it.
Her family and other witnesses rushed to help after the fall at the Paradise Lagoons resort park in Texas.
Rescuers got a rope to try and reach her, but tragically found it was too short.
The group then tried to reach her using a backhoe they borrowed from a nearby business.
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Firefighters eventually arrived on the scene and lowered one of the crew into the tank.
Sadly once the firefighters reached the bottom of the tank, she had died.
The girl was in the tank for nearly an hour before her body was recovered.
Charleigh was visiting from out of the town with her mum and siblings to see her dad Charlie.
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Police chief Larry Sinclair said: “We're dealing with a very, very horrible, tragic accident.”
Fire department spokeswoman Gillian Cox said: “Initial attempts were made to dig, and then we actually were assisted by the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department's rope rescue team.
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“We were able to lower a firefighter down into one of the small holes – it was a less-than-two-foot diameter – that a member had to go into and was able to reach the body where we were able to get her up.”
Child Protective Services spokesman John Lennon said there have been at least three similar drownings involving children in the past ten years.
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