Tiruchirappalli: Rescue operations continued on Saturday to pull out a two-year-old boy who fell into an abandoned borewell, even as authorities suffered a setback as the the child slipped further inside in a village in Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli district. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), along with the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been rushed to the spot.
The boy fell into the borewell at about 5:30 pm on Friday and got stuck at 35 feet. Later at night, he went further down the tube and got stuck at about 70-feet. The boy has now slipped to 100 feet.
Speaking to a TV channel, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Saturday morning said that oxygen was being supplied into the borewell, adding that despite maximum efforts, they have been unable to lift the boy. "It's unfortunate that since morning we can't hear his voice. More rescue teams are on the way," he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Rescue efforts were being carried out since Friday evening by the fire service department and others.
Initially, earthmoving equipment was pressed into service to dig a pit near the borewell to reach the boy. But it was stopped midway as the terrain was rocky. Breaking it would result in vibrations that may loosen the soil inside the borewell, thereby sending the boy further down.
Later, the rescue team used a special equipment 'borewell robot'. But that too was not successful.
Several teams with their own technologies tried in rescuing the boy, but all unfortunately failed.
According to Health Minister Baskar, different kinds of techniques were employed.
He said these techniques were employed and proved elsewhere in such accidents.
"Early morning at around 3.30 am, the rope knot that was holding the boy at 30 feet got released and the boy fell down. Till 5.30 a.m., we were able to hear the boy's breathing sound," the Chief Minister added.
He said a total of 70 members from NDRF and SDRF will undertake the rescue operation now.
Baskar said this accident is unique as the boy is stuck in a small diameter hole unlike other disasters.