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Frantic rescue in India to save a boy trapped in a well

Image of the camera introduced into the well by the rescue team.

Rahul Sahu, 10, fell last Friday while playing near his home and rescuers are trying to reach him by digging a parallel gallery.


India is closely following the fight against the clock by a group of rescuers to save the life of a 10-year-old boy who has been trapped in a 24-meter deep well for more than a hundred hours in the central state of Chhattisgarh. from the country. The effort made by rescuers is titanic, since they have found several layers of rock on their way to excavate a parallel gallery. The little one is deaf and dumb, but “responds well” to his signals, according to experts. “As the child can neither speak nor hear, the challenge is even greater,” added Janjgir District Police Chief Vijay Agrawal.

The events occurred on Friday, June 10, when the boy, identified as Rahul Sahu, was playing near his home in the town of Pihrid and fell into an open hole in the ground. These types of perforations are frequent in agricultural tasks, but they represent a significant risk since most of them are abandoned and uncovered or with few security measures. This is not the first time such an accident has happened. At the end of October 2019, a two-year-old boy, Sujith Wilson, fell into a 30-meter deep well and died before he could be rescued 80 hours later.

Dozens of civilians and soldiers are trying to drill a gallery parallel to the chasm with heavy machinery. Despite the significant fall, Rahul Sahu does not appear to be seriously injured, although he is “very weak.” The doctors control his condition through a camera, which is also his communication link with the outside world. In this way he has been able to request “some food” that the rescuers have sent him through the hole. They have also been able to place an oxygen tube that supplies fresh air to the minor “which has somewhat improved his situation,” according to regional authorities.

However, and despite the fact that there is some optimism about their chances of survival, experts admit that time is against them and that they have lost precious hours in the last day due to the layers of hard rock that they have found in their path. . This fact forces the specialists to work in a narrow hole practically by hand, which is why progress is being slowed down. “We are trying to get him out as soon as possible and provide him with the necessary medical attention,” underline the authorities, who highlight the “great challenge” of the rescuers and the “courage” that the child is showing, alone, without light and weak in a small hole.

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