Anniversary marks 'Baby Jessica' rescue from well 25 years ago - KCTV5

Anniversary marks 'Baby Jessica' rescue from well 25 years ago

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MIDLAND, TX (KCTV/CNN) -

Tuesday marks the 25-year anniversary of a story that captivated the country and touched off an emotional, nationwide vigil.

In 1987, a 58-and-a-half-hour drama in Midland, TX, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well.

Baby Jessica was finally freed from an abandoned well in Midland, TX, on Oct. 16, 1987.

It took dozens of rescuers, tunneling up and under her, to finally free her from narrow shaft

Eventually, paramedics were able to squeeze into a parallel passageway and slide Jessica out of the hole 22 feet underground.

Jessica McClure Morales is now a 26-year-old married woman.

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