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Punjab Toddler Pulled Out of 125-ft Deep Borewell After 110 Hours Declared Dead

A parallel borewell of 36 inches in diameter was dug to rescue the child who had access to oxygen but no food or water.


Updated:June 11, 2019, 10:37 AM IST
Punjab Toddler Pulled Out of 125-ft Deep Borewell After 110 Hours Declared Dead
A screen grab shows authorities trying to rescue the two-year-old in Punjab,

Sangrur: A two-year-old child, who had fallen into a 125-feet-deep unused borewell here while playing, was pulled out of it on Tuesday morning in a frantic rescue operation after almost 110 hours, an official said, but could not be saved.

The child was rescued around 5.30am by National Disaster Response Force personnel, officials said. A team of doctors had been stationed at the site of the accident to provide medical assistance to Fatehvir. An ambulance equipped with a ventilator had also been stationed there.

Expressing his condolence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he had sought reports from all DCs regarding any open bore well "so that such terrible accidents can be prevented in the future".

The toddler was stuck in the seven-inch wide borewell at a depth of 125 feet. The only child of his parents who had turned two on Monday, he fell into the borewell in a field when he was playing in Bhagwanpura village around 4pm on Thursday.

The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed, officials said.

A massive rescue operation was launched to bring the child safely out of the borewell. Officials managed to supply oxygen but no food or water could be provided to him. A parallel borewell of 36 inches in diameter was dug to rescue the child.

On Monday, there was anger among people against the district administration and the state government over the delay in rescuing Fatehvir.

A large number of people had assembled around the accident site and several of them raised slogans against the government. Villagers had also held a protest and blocked the Sunam-Mansa road.

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