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Four Days and Counting: Rescue Operation Intensifies as 2-year-old Gets Trapped in 110-ft Borewell

The rescue has been beset by multiple challenges as the diameter of the bore well is just nine inches (23 cm) and it has not been used since 1991.

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Updated:June 10, 2019, 6:28 PM IST
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Four Days and Counting: Rescue Operation Intensifies as 2-year-old Gets Trapped in 110-ft Borewell
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New Delhi: Indian emergency workers were scrambling on Monday to rescue a two-year-old boy trapped down a narrow disused bore well for almost four days in the western state of Punjab.

Fatehvir Singh fell into the 110-feet (33-metre) bore well on Thursday while playing in fields near his house, local lawmaker Vijay Inder Singla told AFP.

"The bore well had been covered with a sand bag but it appears that the boy stepped on it and slipped and fell inside," Singla said.

The rescue has been beset by multiple challenges, with the diameter of the bore well in Sangrur district just nine inches (23 cm) and it being unused since 1991. But Singla was hopeful the boy would be rescued soon.

"We are quite hopeful that in another couple of hours we will be able to track the child," he said.

An air ambulance was on standby and all necessary equipment, including land movers and cranes, had been pressed into service, he said. TV footage showed a large crowd of people gathering at the rescue site.

Rescuers were trying to reach the boy by digging and inserting a 36-inch wide pipe parallel to the bore well. They have also managed to insert an oxygen pipe and as well as a camera, into the bore well where the boy is trapped.

In 2006, a six-year-old child named Prince was pulled out safely from a bore well, after being stuck for 48 hours in Haryana state. The plight of the boy was shown live by satellite channels and underscored the dangers of uncovered bore wells, which are common across northern India.

In March, a one-and-a-half-year-old child was rescued in Haryana, after being trapped for two days.

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