Tiruchirapalli, Oct 27: The final rescue mission to extricate a two-year-old boy, who remained stuck at a depth of nearly 100-feet in an unused 600-feet deep borewell for over 40 hours at Nadukattupatti village in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu, began on Sunday morning.
Official sources said the rescue teams commenced drilling of a new massive ‘hole’ three metres away from the borewell using a rig, under the supervision of experts from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
Once the hole is drilled to a depth of around 110 feet, a horizontal tunnel will be drilled to establish a link to the borewell in a last ditch attempt to reach and rescue the boy, B Sujith Wilson. Three specially trained personnel of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department will then enter into the hole with oxygen masks to pull out the boy.
Fire, rescue and emergency services department director C K Gandhirajan told newsmen that they hope to bring out Sujith by this afternoon.
Sujith accidentally fell into the borewell hole in a corn field adjacent to his house while playing at 0530 hours on Friday evening. He was initially trapped at a depth of 26 feet, when the rescue operations were launched by the personnel of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue services department with the assistance of police and local people. Later, it was announced that the boy slipped down to 70 feet and again to 100 feet.
Multiple efforts by various technical teams using different types of methods failed to pull out the boy. Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar has been camping in the site since Friday evening and monitoring the rescue operations. UNI