Nfld. & Labrador

Neighbours reeling after finding man dead in well at home in La Manche

Police believe the 60-year-old man's death was accidental.

Police believe the death was accidental

Dave Melvin was a neighbour to the 60-year-old man who died on Tuesday. (Meghan McCabe/CBC)

A 60-year-old man is dead after he fell into a well in La Manche, a community about 50 kilometres outside St. John's.

The RCMP say "no criminality" is suspected in the death at this point in the investigation. 

The man's body was recovered midday Tuesday.

Neighbour Dave Melvin told CBC News he was the first one on the scene.

"I got a call from my sister that he had fallen into the well, and that they had just called the Mounties. So, I just got dressed as fast as I could," Melvin said.

He said the man's partner was devastated.

"She just collapsed pretty well right in my arms, three or four times, and I said, 'You've got to sit down or we'll have to get another ambulance for you.'" 

Melvin said he'd known the man, who lived further down La Manche Road, for just over two years. 

"I basically walked up and stopped, knowing that ... you know, you're not going to forget this," Melvin said of seeing the man's body. 

Ferryland RCMP received a report of a sudden death at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police, firefighters, and the Rovers Ground Search and Rescue responded to the call. 

Melvin said first responders were out of the area by roughly 1 p.m., and that the well was on the man's property. 

It's not clear how the 60-year-old man fell, but Melvin said medical difficulties could have been the cause, as he had some issues in the past.

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With files from Meghan McCabe

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