Tiruchirapalli, Oct 27 : The rescue teams erected makeshift tents and stacked sandbags around the open borewell into which the two-year-old boy, Sujith Wilson, was trapped to prevent rain water from entering into it following mild rain on Sunday late evening.
The Nadukattupatti village in Tiruchirapalli district of Tamil Nadu, where a massive rescue operation is underway to extricate the toddler, experienced mild rain.
The personnel of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department erected the temporary tents and stacked sandbags around the borewell, in a bid to prevent rain water hampering the rescue operation, said district collector S Sivarasu.
The Meteorological department that has been coordinating with the rescue team was monitoring the weather condition over the Nadukattupatti village.
As numerous technical methods to pull out the boy failed, the rescue team launched a direct manual rescue attempt by drilling a parallel ‘hole’ three metres away from the bore well using a rig.
Since the boy was believed to be stuck at a depth between 88 to 100 feet in the borewell, it was planned to dig the hole to a depth of about 110 feet and to drill a passage connecting the borewell to reach the child. But, the drilling effort was hampered by rocky terrain.
Meanwhile, the rig developed snag tonight prompting the authorities to halt the drilling process temporarily. Technicians were attending the fault.Another hi-power rig owned by Larsen and Toubro Company, which has the capability to drill three times faster than the rig deployed this morning, was brought from Ramanathapuram late this evening.
Earlier, more than 15 attempts were made by various technical teams from across the State, but failed.
The situation became complicated on Saturday morning, when the wet mud began crumbling into the borewell and on Sujith.
Adequate supply of oxygen inside the bore well is being provided and a surveillance camera has been kept to keep a watch on the child.
Though the movement of hands by the child was noticed till early hours of Saturday, no such movement could be seen thereafter.
Sujith Wilson 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 trapped initially 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.
The initial rescue efforts suffered a setback late on Friday, when the boy slipped further to a depth of 68 feet and again to 88 feet.
Tamil Nadu Ministers C Vijayabaskar, Vellamandi N Natarajan, R B Udhayakumar and S Valarmathi, besides Commissioner of Revenue Administration and Disaster Management J Radhakrishnan, district collector S Sivarasu were camping in the village and overseeing the rescue operation.
The experts from National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, NLC, ONGC and Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department were also coordinating the rescue efforts.(UNI)