Some members of a Facebook group rescued a woman stranded in a swimming pool at her house in Epping, New Hampshire last week.
Leslie Khan, a 61-year-old teacher decided to get off the swimming pool on August 11. Unfortunately, the ladder broke and she does have strength to pull herself out of the pool.
“I tried different ways to get out of the pool, but it was the middle step that broke and when I went down, I crashed mu knee. I just don’t have the upper-body strength to haul myself up over the edge,” said Kahn to New Hampshire’s media outlet Union Leader.
Kahn couldn’t shout out for help because she doesn’t have a nearby neighbor. Her phone was inside the house so she could not call a friend or anyone else to help her. She kept thinking how long she wanted to stay in the pool and what to do to get help.
She realized that she brought her iPad outside for a little reading, but it was on a chair on the other side of the deck. Luckily, she was able to grab the pool pole and used it to drag the chair across the deck. She got her iPad, connected it to the WiFi and logged on to Facebook. She sought help on Epping Squawks, a popular Facebook group with almost 4,000 members from her community.
Kahn said she started her plea for help by posting “911” to get immediate attention although she felt it was not necessary for the police or fire crews to rescue her. After a few minutes, an individual commented and asked for her exact address to call the police.
She responded, “I didn’t really need cops or firemen here. I just needed to bring me tools so I could move one of the steps from the bottom up to the top and then climb out. It was a dignity thing, too. I didn’t want to be hauled out of the pool.”
Other members of the Epping Squawks Facebook group also commented. One of them told Kahn that “help is on the way.”
Tracie Wilkins, a resident in Epping arrived within half an hour to help. Kahn asked her to grab a toolbox inside the house. Epping police officer, Aaron Filipowicz also arrived a few minutes later. However, they failed to move the bottom step of the ladder in the middle. They tried putting a chair on the pool, but Kahn felt, it wasn’t safe for her to climb out. Her tenants arrived and remembered the step ladder outside the house. They put the step ladder in the pool and she finally got out of the pool without problem.
In a separate interview with WMUR-TV, Kahn said, “You get through whatever life throws at you, and you ask for help and be prepared to help others. And that’s the way life is supposed to work. That’s the way community is supposed to work. And in my experience, it does.”
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