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Spanish rescuers rush to save boy, who fell down well



More than 1

00 firefighters and emergency workers are desperately trying to save a two-year-old boy who fell down a 360-foot well in southern Spain.

Yulen Garcia was picnicking with his parents Vicky and Jose on the mountainside of Totola, Spain near Malaga on Sunday when he wandered away and fell into the uncovered hole, which is only 10 inches wide.

Rescue crews were only able to send a robotic camera about 200 feet into the hole until it became too narrow to go any further, where they spotted a candy the toddler was carrying, but did not see him. He reportedly screamed as he fell down the well, but has not been heard since.

 More than 100 emergency workers have been working nonstop to save the boy, being extremely careful if not cause a mudslide

More than 100 emergency workers have been working nonstop to save the boy, being extremely careful as a cause of mudslide
       (AP Photo / Gregorio Marrero)

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to travel down and retrieve the young boy, according to Maria Gamez, a Málaga government official. The effort is described as incredibly challenging because they do not want to risk jeopardizing the well's structure and causing a mudslide.

"No one is technically prepared to rescue someone from such a narrow hole, but the technology exists to get into places. as narrow and deep as this, and everything is considered, ”Gámez said, according to The Guardian. "It's not just about getting down there, it's also about keeping the hole open so that the rescue can happen," she continued.

As efforts continue, it's a race against the clock because the boy has already been submerged for 48 hours . Rescuers fear Yule may be stuck in sand and water at the bottom of the well, which is as deep as the Statue of Liberty is number. There is no indication of whether or not he's still alive.

Yulen's frantic parents have reportedly been treated by trauma psychologists while they await their son's fate at the well

 well

Rescuers are attempting to build an adjacent tunnel to intersect with the well
       (AP Photo / Gregorio Marrero)

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Bernardo Molto, a spokesperson for the Malaga Guardia Civil, provided an update on the rescue efforts.

"So far, what we've got to do is drill into that blockage a bit," he said. “We're going to try to clear the earth with a truck-mounted machine and try to get a parallel tunnel, but to do that, we need to shore up the shaft to reach the boy.”

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Spanish officials have reportedly reached out to the United States-based construction technology company Caterpillar for assistance.


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