Sonu fell into a 150-foot-deep borewell at around 0945 hrs IST on Thursday, Oct 9 while playing outside his house in Lehrakapura village near Shamsabad town, 26 km from Agra. A parallel well was dug near the borewell, as it was just one foot in diameter, so that the rescue team could reach the boy through a tunnel. The borewell was dug up some two-three months ago but was abandoned.
In March, authorities rescued a two-year-old girl Vandana in Agra who accidentally fell into a 45-feet borewell at Tehra village.
In a similar incident, a five-year-old boy, Prince, fell into a 53 feet and 1.5 wide shaft in Shahbad, Haryana in July 2006. The army rescued him from the pit after two days of rescue operations.