A nation is holding its breath as a desperate excavation continues to rescue a five-year-old boy who fell into a 32-meter-deep well three days ago.
Moroccans waited anxiously on Friday as authorities said a dramatic operation to rescue a young boy trapped in a deep well for more than two days was coming to an end.
A five-year-old named Rayan fell into a narrow 32-meter-deep well on Wednesday in his home village near Bab Berred in the northern province of Chefchaouen, local media reported.
“The rescue of the child is imminent,” government spokesman Mustafa Baitas said on Friday. “Our hearts are with the family and we pray that he will return with them as soon as possible.”
The shaft was too narrow for rescuers to reach the bottom, so heavy diggers were sent to dig a hole next to it.
Relief operations intensified as darkness fell for a third night with the boy deep in the well, with excavators pulling soil under the floodlights.
Rescuers said they had dug about 24 meters, but there were about six meters left to reach the child.
The country held its breath as a live broadcast of the business on the internet.
The MAP news agency said rescuers were able to send him oxygen and water through pipes.
Rayan’s father told the news site Le360 that he was repairing the well when the boy fell into it.
Chief rescuer Abdelhabi Temrani told Al Oula TV that the diameter of the well was less than 45 cm.
Baitas said the nature of the soil meant it was very dangerous to try to widen the hole, which meant that large excavations around it were the only solution.
The drama has sparked an outburst of sympathy on the internet, with the Arabic hashtag #SaveRayan going viral across North Africa, including neighboring Algeria.
PSG Moroccan footballer and star Ahraf Hakimi referred to the rescue efforts on social media, along with emojis with broken hearts and hands together in prayer.
The boy’s fate also drew crowds to the site of the operation, putting pressure on rescuers operating in “difficult conditions”, Baitas said.
“We call on the people to let the rescuers do their job and save this child,” he said.
Authorities also prepared a helicopter to transport the child to the hospital as soon as he was removed, the national news channel 2M reported.
– with AFP
Originally published as The Nation holds its breath as a five-year-old boy remains trapped in a 32-meter well
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