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Spanish rescuers drilling tunnel to search for two-year-old boy trapped in well since last week

Julen Rosello fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 metres deep on Sunday.

Drill machines and excavating machinery work on top of the mountain, top left, next to a deep borehole to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped there for six days near the town of Totalan in Malaga
Drill machines and excavating machinery work on top of the mountain, top left, next to a deep borehole to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped there for six days near the town of Totalan in Malaga
Image: Gregorio Marrero

ENGINEERS HAVE BEGUN drilling a tunnel to find a two-year-old boy who fell into a well in southern Spain a week ago, joining hundreds of rescue workers already at the scene.

Julen Rosello fell down a very narrow shaft more than 100 metres deep on Sunday while playing as his parents had lunch nearby in the town of Totalan near Malaga.

A giant drilling machine was installed today at the site in a bid to make a parallel tunnel and excavation started in the afternoon.

“We hope to achieve this as soon as possible as conditions and that conditions from now will be a bit more favourable,” said engineer Angel Garcia Vidal,  who is overseeing the operations.

The job will take about 15 hours if conditions are favourable, he said. But the chances of finding the boy alive now appear slim.

The plan is to dig a sufficiently deep tunnel after which miners will manually carve a passage to the well.

World News - January 18, 2019 Angel Vidal Representative in Malaga of the College of Mining Engineers attends the media giving explanations on the next steps to take in the rescue operation of Julen Source: Lorenzo Carnero via PA Images

Spanish media, who have been covering the rescue operations round-the-clock, have reported that Julen’s parents lost another child, aged, three in 2017. The child had cardiac problems.

The paramilitary Civil Guard have questioned both the parents and an entrepreneur who dug the well, a police spokesman said, adding that this was routine in such investigations.

The well was unmarked at the time of the accident and regional authorities in Andalusia said the entrepreneur had not sought the necessary permission before digging it.

© – AFP 2019 

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