The parents of a toddler trapped down a narrow borehole in Spain are anxiously waiting as rescuers make a desperate attempt to reach the boy.
Spanish mine experts have made their way down a newly hollowed-out shaft that runs parallel to the 100-metre well that Julen Rosello fell down 12 days ago in Malaga.
So far, the only evidence of the toddler being inside the well is a sample of hair at its entrance which matched the child’s DNA.
After making their way down the new tunnel in a purpose-built cage, rescuers will now need to dig across from their shaft, into the well cavity where Julen is believed to be, a further 18 metres down.
The team estimate it will take another 24 hours to dig four metres across into the cavity they believe Julen is trapped in.
Earlier this week Spain’s Civil Guard said they were investigating whether the narrow borehole Julen fell into was drilled illegally, with reports the borehole may not have been authorised.
The Civil Guard are assessing statements provided by Julen’s parents, Jose Rosello and Victoria Garcia, as well as the owner of the land where the borehole is and Antonio Sanchez, the person who drilled the borehole last month.
Sanchez told investigators the narrow 25cm-wide hole was covered after it was drilled when no water was discovered.
The Andalusian regional government said that the mining department had no record of Sanchez’s company Triben Perforaciones, applying to drill the hole.
Julen’s dad Jose Rosello had previously said he was making paella at the site of the accident when Julen ran off and fell into the hole. He said he heard him cry for a few moments before he fell silent.
He and the boy’s mother attended a vigil in Totalan, Malaga, last night (local time).
There has been no contact with the toddler since rescue efforts began and it is unclear whether it is a rescue or recovery mission.
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