A desperate rescue effort is ongoing in Spain, after a two-year-old boy fell into a 100m (328ft) deep #borehole adjacent to the City of #Malaga #Spain
The small boy named Julen, was out on a family outing near the village of #Totalán, an area famed for its #plantations and undulating #landscapes when the tragedy occurred. The area is also known for the many shafts and #boreholes dug in the hope that water or oil, could be found.
The boys father Raised the alarm at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT) this past Sunday after he lost sight of the #toddler. #Rescuers were quick to arrive at the scene and include more than 100 #firefighters, specialists and #police.
Initial signs for the #two-year-old chances are slim, as rescuers have not picked up any hopeful signs of the boy’s well-being, even after using a suction device to extract mud from the 25cm (10in) wide #shaft. However, they have found, after inserting a camera into the shaft at a depth of 73m (240ft) a bag of sweets and a small cup believed to belong to the boy.
After the above discovery rescuers have started hacking out a slanting #tunnel through the hillside in the hope that it will converge at the location where the small boy is located, another option to dig a parallel shaft next to the #borehole was not used due to the fear that it would collapse the borehole.
Authors note: Sadly, this is not the first time the family has undergone personal tragedy, just two years ago their other three-year-old son lost his life in an accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.
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