Boy rescued from manure pit

HONEY BROOK — Officials said emergency crews rescued a 3-year-old boy who fell into a manure pit on a farm near Philadelphia.

Emergency responders were called to the Honey Brook Township farm at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday after the child fell into the six- to 10-foot pit inside a large barn.

Two rescuers with rope harnesses worked their way inside, and after building a plywood platform were able to move through the pit to the victim.

Officials said the boy was alert when he was removed on a stretcher and taken to Ephrata Community Hospital. Authorities said decontaminating rescue personnel and equipment took considerable time.