Child in borewell: rescue work on even after 80 hours

October 12th, 2008 - 6:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Oct 12 (IANS) Many resigned to fate but others still hoped for a miracle as efforts to save a child, who fell in a deep borewell Thursday morning, continued at a village near here Sunday afternoon.The boy had fallen into the narrow pit in Leharkapura village near Agra while playing at 10 a.m. Thursday. While rescue works were launched soon, there was no sign of life Saturday.

More than 80 hours after the child fell into the open borewell, an army rescue team was digging a new horizontal tunnel to reach out to him. Mounds of earth caved in thrice, delaying the operation work by at least 24 hours.

Officials at the site said in the afternoon that they were only a few feet away from Sonu even as the child’s anxious parents, not keeping well, were praying for his safe recovery.

Oxygen was being pumped in the borewell and an ambulance van was kept ready to rush the child to hospital.

“For all you know it would require supernatural powers to survive in that death hole,” said an official.

But villagers gathered at the site were expecting a miracle.

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