Intense rescue operations to save 2-year-old boy who fell into borewell near Trichy

A two-year-old boy fell into an abandoned borewell at Nadukattupatti in Trichy district of Tamil Nadu on Friday evening. Emergency efforts are on to rescue the child that fell into the 30-ft borewell near Manaparai town.

Officials from fire service and other departments are carrying out efforts to rescue the child. Earthmoving equipments have been pressed into service to dig a pit near the borewell as a part of the rescue effort.

While playing in his father’s farm near his house,  Surjeet Wilson, accidentally fell into the unclosed 25-feet deep borewell.  Hearing him scream, the boy’s parents and others alerted the fire and rescue personnel, who rushed to the spot and launched rescue efforts, with the help of a couple of earth movers.

The rock terrains below 10 feet prevented the fire service personnel from drilling further. They were awaiting a drilling machine for expediting the work. A medical team is giving oxygen supply to the boy from outside the borewell.

Station fire officer P Ganesan exuded confidence that the rescue operation would be completed in three hours. Speaking to media, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said oxygen is continuously supplied into the borewell.

He said the boy was alive and officials on the spot are able to hear the baby crying. Vijaya Baskar, tourism minister Vellamandi Natarajan, and Tiruchy collector S. Sivarasu are camping at the accident site and overseeing rescue operation.

Fire and Rescue Services personnel from Tiruchy rushed to the spot. The team deployed five excavators to dig a tunnel parallel to the borewell so that personnel could crawl and bring the boy out. But the attempt hit a dead end after the bedrock was reached. The borewell is 600 ft deep and the boy is stuck around the 30-feet mark. He is expected to be rescued soon.