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92-year-old Italian gran survives well tumble

A 92-year-old grandmother miraculously escaped without serious injury after falling down a 15-metre deep well near her home in northern Italy.

92-year-old Italian gran survives well tumble
A 92-year-old grandmother in northern Italy survived a terrifying fall into a well. Photo: Alberto Pellegrini/Flickr

The incident happened on Monday morning in Barge, Cuneo, when the woman went into the courtyard of her residential building to withdraw water from the well.

But in the process of doing so, disaster struck: the grandmother slipped in a puddle and tumbled in.

Initially the fall was broken by some piping just below the entrance to the well – but the pensioner then slipped further down the shaft, coming to a stop some eight metres lower – suspended seven meters above the cold, dark reservoir of water below, Eco del Chisone reported.

Firemen arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, and were able to descend into the well and winch the woman to safety.

The woman was shaken but otherwise unharmed and relieved to be above ground once again.

Paramedics took her to Santa Croce hospital in nearby Cuneo as a precautionary measure, amazed that in spite of the eight-meter drop and her advanced years, she escaped the ordeal without serious injury. 

In a similar incident this summer, an 80-year-old man got trapped in a muddy drain in a town in the Emilia-Romagna region after he went to clear mud from it.

Read more: Birthday pensioner stuck in drain for 14 hours

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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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