2-year-old boy stuck in borewell may be dead

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Lahara village (UP), Oct 11: Rescue workers are still struggling to save a boy who has been trapped in a 150 foot deep borewell in a village about 45 kilometers from Agra since Thursday, Oct 9.

Two-year-old Sonu was playing near the borewell, which was left uncovered, when he fell inside. A parallel well is being dug near the borewell to so that the rescue team can reach the boy through a tunnel. "The borewell is just one foot in diameter and it's almost impossible for a man to go down into it to bring up the boy, who is also too small to latch to a rope if it is lowered down," said Raghubir Lal, SSP, Agra.

This is not the first case of a child falling into an uncovered manhole in the country.

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.


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