Indian Toddler Trapped in Well Dies Amid 110-Hour Rescue Try

By The Associated Press

NEW DELHI—A 2-year-old boy who fell deep into an unused well in an Indian village has been confirmed dead after rescuers worked nearly 110 hours to reach him, a hospital official said on June 11.

The boy was removed from the well on Tuesday but doctors at a hospital in Chandigarh, the Punjab state capital, found him dead on arrival, Anil Kumar said.

The boy fell into the well outside his house in Sangrur district last Thursday and was stuck at a depth of 125 feet (38 meters), the Press Trust of India news agency said. Authorities dug a parallel well in an attempt to save the boy.

Wells dug for water are often left uncovered in India.

Spanish Rescuers Find Body of Toddler Trapped in Well

In a similar incident earlier this year, Spanish rescuers on Jan. 26 found the dead body of a two-year-old boy who had fallen into a deep narrow well in southern Spain on Jan. 13, a Spanish official said.

Miners had been drilling day and night to reach the boy, Julen, into the borehole – 100 metres (300 feet) deep and just 25 cm (10 inches) wide – which was blocked with soil.

A team of miners started digging a tunnel in a last-ditch bid to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a well
A helicopter of the Spanish Guardia Civil, transporting explosives, lands at the site where a child fell down a well in Totalan, southern Spain, on Jan. 24, 2019. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

“At 1:25 a.m. the rescue teams reached the area of the well where they were looking for Julen and they found the lifeless body of the little one,” said a government spokesperson in Malaga.

Spanish civil guard spokesman Jorge Martin
Spanish civil guard spokesman Jorge Martin (L) gives a press conference in Totalan, southern Spain, on Jan. 25, 2019. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

After the announcement, emergency services along with Spanish police attended the family of Julen at a neighbour’s house near the rescue scene where they have been staying during the last days.

A funeral service van drives to a drilled well after rescuers found the body of two-year-old Julen Rosello
A funeral service van drives to a drilled well after rescuers found the body of two-year-old Julen Rosello, in Totalan, southern Spain, on Jan. 26, 2019. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

There had been no signs of life since the boy had fallen into the borehole as his family was walking through a private estate in Totalan in southern Spain.

Rescuers found the well was blocked with soil, raising fears the well had collapsed on top of the child.

The case has captivated Spain and the whole country is holding its breath for the outcome, not least because Julen’s parents lived another family tragedy in 2017. According to media reports, their three-year-old son died suddenly while walking along a beach not far from Totalan.

Residents gathered nearby for a vigil to support the family, many holding homemade placards reading, “All of Spain is with you.”

Neighbors gather in support of two-year-old Julen Rosello
Neighbors gather in support of two-year-old Julen Rosello and his parents in Totalan, southern Spain, on Jan. 24, 2019. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Reuters contributed to this article.