Iain Lee has recounted the extraordinary story of how he had to be rescued from falling down a well yesterday.
After feeling tired while driving through a small village, he recounts that he stopped for a coffee and Ploughman’s lunch – “basically an unmade cheese sandwich” to recover.
He was told by a barmaid that the local church was worth a visit and contained a wishing well. “It was like the start of a film, looking back on it now,” he says. “Like An American Werewolf in London.”
After tossing a coin into the well, he says “I thought I’d make a little wish,” but the 20p got “lodged in the moss.”
Believing that the “wish doesn’t count if the coin doesn’t touch the water,” he leaned over, and eventually tried to lower himself down to get his cash.
“I fell into a bloody well.”
With “water up to just below my knees, my right foot buckled beneath me. It wasn’t broken but it flipping hurt.
"I’m thinking right – I’m in a well.
“There’s no point shouting, but of course you shout. I got my phone out, and I had signal, so I was able to call 999.
“I’ve only had to call it a few times in my life. I’m 12 foot down a well, thinking ‘is this really a 999 call?’ They didn’t treat it as a priority.”
Eventually, two fire engines with 12 firefighters arrived. “Fair play, they were p*ssing themselves at all points,” says Iain. “You should have seen their faces when they pulled me out and realised I was that guy from the jungle.”