Chennai: In a setback for authorities, rescue efforts to pull out a 2-year-old boy trapped in a borewell near Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu failed to yield any results ever after 24 hours. In fact, he has slipped further down the borewell.

 


The infant named Sujith Wilson fell into the borewell while he was playing near his house on Friday at 5:30 pm. After the mishap, fire and emergency services personnel rushed to the spot and launched rescue operations.

However, the boy who was initially stuck at a depth of 35 feet drifted further to over 90 feet with efforts to rescue him commencing on Friday evening. Presently an ONGC rig has been deployed to dig a hole near the borewell into which firemen would go down and reach out to the boy burrowing a tunnel inside.

“We could hear the child weeping. for a long time, but now we cannot hear. But we feel the child is safe and breathing,” the officials said.

Authorities said they were not able to assess the boy’s condition because of the layers of wet mud around him. A total of six teams equipped with modern technology were involved in the rescue operations. Specialised teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) also joined the rescue operations at Nadukattupatti.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister C Vijayabaskar, who has been at the rescue site since Friday night, said all efforts were on to rescue the child, adding there was no let-up in the operations. Minister Vellamandi Natarajan was also overseeing the rescue operations.

Ever since the incident, #SaveSujith and #PrayForSujith has been trending on social media, with people in the state and political leaders joining in praying for the child.