Tamil Nadu: NDRF, SDRF try to rescue boy trapped inside borewell

Updated: Oct 27, 2019, 09:56 IST | Agencies | Chennai

Initially, earthmoving equipment were pressed into service to dig a pit near the borewell to reach the boy. But it was stopped midway as the terrain was rocky

The boy fell into the borewell on Friday evening. Pics/ANI
The boy fell into the borewell on Friday evening. Pics/ANI

Chennai: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have now taken over the rescue operation of a two-year old boy who fell into an abandoned borewell in a village in Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli district.

The boy fell into the borewell at around 5.30 pm on Friday and got stuck at 30 feet. Later at night, he went further down the tube and got stuck at about 70 feet. Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Saturday morning said that oxygen was being pumped into the borewell. He said after the boy slipped down further to 70 feet, officials were not able to hear his cries. Rescue efforts were being carried out since Friday evening by the fire service department and others. Initially, earthmoving equipment were pressed into service to dig a pit near the borewell to reach the boy. But it was stopped midway as the terrain was rocky.

The boy fell into the borewell on Friday evening

Breaking it would result in vibrations that may loosen the soil inside the borewell, thereby slipping the boy further down. Later, the rescue team used a special equipment 'borewell robot'. But that was not successful. Several teams with their own technologies tried in rescuing the boy. According to Health Minister Baskar, different techniques were employed. He said they were employed and proved elsewhere in such accidents. "Early morning, the rope knot that was holding the boy got released and the boy fell down. Till 5.30 am, we were able to hear the boy's breathing sound," he added.

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