Rescue efforts continue to save boy from TN borewell

TN: Boring machine reaches at spot to rescue 2-yr-old in Trichy

Efforts on to rescue 2-year-old Sujith Wilson stuck in borewell

The boy fell into the 30-centimetre (one-foot) diameter pipe on Friday afternoon while playing near his home in Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu state.

In a tweet on Monday, Edappadi K Palaniswami, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, said that "heavy duty drilling machines and equipments (sic.) have been deployed", and that experts are on-site to offer guidance.

Vijayabaskar who is monitoring the rescue operation of a 2-year-old boy Sujith Wilson stuck in a borewell here informed media that since morning they have not heard the voice of the infant.

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"About a dozen rescue personnel, who will be lowered inside the pit along with oxygen tanks to rescue Sujith began preparing themselves for the descent, with the borewell drilling machine making steady progress in extending the 45 feet deep pit", the report said.

Sujith fell into the dry borewell while he was playing near his house in Nadukkattupatti village, around 350 km from Chennai. "The 35-foot hole has been drilled so far", he said. He said, it was initially estimated that drilling the new hole would be completed in 6-10 hours.

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam visited the rescue operation site.

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"My prayers are with the young and courageous Sujith Wilson".

Local reporters have said the mother is at the site calling to her son, asking him not to cry. Every effort is being made to ensure that he is safe.

"This machine is now in operation". After drilling, the fire service personnel will try to reach the child via a horizontal passage. Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Fire Services Priya Ravichandran and the Health Minister are supervising the efforts. However, oxygen continued to be supplied with hopes of the child being alive. When asked why they haven't used small boring machine which was used to drill where the child fell, he said that would involve multiple bores and would take days compared to this method as they need a bigger hold for men to enter to rescue the child. "I believe that the child will be rescued by tonight", he added.

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