Tiruchirapalli, Oct 26: The ongoing massive operation to rescue a two-year-old boy trapped in a borewell at Nadukattupatti village in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu faced more agonizing delay, as the toddler slipped down further to a depth of about 100 feet on Saturday evening.
The final efforts to extricate the boy, B Sujith Wilson, who stuck in the borewell for more than 26 hours from now, have begun tonight while the entire State was on tenterhooks over the health of the boy.
Official sources said that in a joint operation, the technical experts of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) and Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department were preparing to dig a pit three-metre away from the borewell to a depth of over 100 feet and then drill a tunnel to link the two through which a rescue team would go physically to pull out the boy.
ONGC-owned sophisticated rigs and drilling machines would be used for the rescue mission. The rescue operation that is underway round-the-clock has hit a fresh setback this evening after the boy slipped down further to a depth of 100 feet from 70 feet inside the 600-feet deep unused borewell, complicating the rescue operation.
The rescue teams have been hoping for a breakthrough in their efforts.Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, who was personally supervising the rescue operation, said despite maximum efforts by multiple teams of experts using various devices, he could not be pulled out from the borewell.
Though we monitored the movement of hand by the child through a small surveillance camera till early this morning, no such movement was seen thereafter. The rescue operation was hampered as a portion of mud caved in this morning, he said. It has been a traumatic wait on the surface for family and relatives of the trapped boy, besides thousands of public who converged in the village and praying for the infant.
Meanwhile, special prayers were conducted at various temples, churches and mosques across the State for the well-being and safety of Sujith. Sujith accidentally fell into an unused 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 about 30 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 now further to over 100 feet.(UNI)