Man who jumped into Louisville cistern to help child says adrenaline took over

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who jumped into a cistern at a Louisville park to help a 2-year-old child says he did everything he could to keep her calm.

Firefighters say the girl fell into an abandoned cistern after running onto a field Thursday night.

Terrance Washington was coaching a youth football practice nearby and heard the child's screams.

He says he didn't think twice about jumping into the cistern to help.

"Instinct. It's the adrenaline," Washington said. "You don't think. You just react."

Firefighters worked for more than an hour to rescue Washington and the child.

Washington says he told the girl nursery rhymes to keep her calm while they were trapped.

Neither he or the child were seriously injured.

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