Mum’s terror as son falls 5ft down drain shaft on walk after faulty manhole gives way


Video caught from a neighbour’s house shows the bone-chilling moment toddler, Theo, disappeared from view with his mum Amy Blyth, dramatically rescuing him from the sewer water in Ashford, Kent

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Ashford: CCTV shows moment toddler falls down drain shaft

CCTV footage captured the terrifying moment a mum was forced to rescue her toddler after he fell 5ft down a drain shaft.

Video captured from a neighbour’s house shows the bone-chilling moment the toddler, Theo, disappeared from view.

His Amy Blyth had to dramatically pull him from the sewer water in Ashford, Kent, on Sunday.

Mum Amy was walking with little Theo on Sunday morning when the toddler disappeared through the drain cover, as it flipped over and then closed on top of him.

The 23-year-old yanked off the metal cover and leapt down the shaft to lift the youngster out of the deep hole.

Theo was left covered in sewage and calling out for his mother after the nightmare accident, which happened close to their home at around 9am.

Describing the “horror film” moment, she said: “My first thought was ‘oh my God, he’s dead’.







CCTV of Amy and Theo walking towards the drain
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“I yanked the drain lid out, and I just saw him down there, screaming my name. There was sewage up to his knees.

“I jumped down the drain, but it’s not big enough for me to bend over to grab him. I had to sort of arch my body to grab him and pull him up.

“I don’t know how I did it. My body went in ways I’ve never bent before, just to get him out of that drain.”

Amy stood on ledges at the side of the sewer – that appears to be at least 5ft deep – to reach down to her son who had fallen to the very bottom.

Ms Blyth added: “It was so deep you couldn’t see my head from the ground, and I wasn’t even on the floor.







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“Just as I pulled him up I think someone flushed a chain because we were soaked – with I think, possibly, wee. Our clothes are absolutely disgusting.”

Amy emerged from the drain “screaming for help”, while Theo was in an apparent state of shock, and “wasn’t really making a noise”.

The terrified mum rushed the little boy – who is said to have swallowed some sewer water – to Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital, where medics diagnosed him with mild concussion, but x-rays revealed he miraculously got away without a broken bone.







Amy abandoned her items and quickly leapt down the shaft to rescue young Theo
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Personal trainer, Ms Blyth, said: “It could have ended up so much worse. If he’d gone down head first, I don’t even know if he would be here.

“It makes me feel sick to think of it. It’s an absolute nightmare – I’m petrified of drains now. I still feel really shaken from it. I just can’t really get over it.

“He literally went straight to the bottom, and I thought I was going to lose him. It was actually like a horror film.”







The drain in Ashford, Kent, that Amy Blyth’s son Theo, fell down.
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Theo after the traumatic incident
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She added: “We were just walking out for him to go to his dad’s house. I saw the drain was a little bit loose, but I didn’t realize what level it was loose.

“He ran to the drain, stood on it, and just fell the whole way through. And then the drain lid shut on top of him.”

Amy, who lives in nearby Tenterden, Kent, said she dreads to think what might have happened had a child fallen through the drain cover unseen.







Amy Blyth’s are filthy bottoms following the ordeal.
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Amy sprang into action to grab the youngster from the sewer water.
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She added: “If he’d been on his own, or if it had been another kid on their own, we wouldn’t have found him.

“We wouldn’t have known where they’d gone. You couldn’t even hear him because it’s sound-proof.

“He could have fallen down and I’d have gone running round the block trying to find him, not in a drain.”

Theo is now home and doing well, but Ms Blyth complained to Southern Water and said she “needs answers” as she believes the drain cover has been faulty for some time.

She added: “My little boy shouldn’t have failed through a drain. It’s not acceptable. We need some answers to why it wasn’t fixed.”

It is understood Southern Water is working to establish who is responsible for the drain and manhole.

Around four investigators were seen in the area yesterday (Mon) looking into the cause of the accident.

The utility company confirmed it is investigating and taking the matter “very seriously”.







Amy with her son, who fell down a drain
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A spokesman for the firm said: “We are aware of a situation involving a child and an open manhole.

“This is clearly an upsetting situation for those involved and our team is on-site.

“A dedicated customer liaison officer has been assigned to support the family.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and our first priority was to make the area safe. Next steps are to understand exactly what happened.”

Southern Water has been contacted for an update into its investigation.

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