Rescuers in Vietnam Try to Save Boy Trapped in Concrete Pile

By Reuters
January 2, 2023Asia & Pacific
Rescuers in Vietnam Try to Save Boy Trapped in Concrete Pile
Rescuers look down into the site of where a 10-year-old boy is thought to be trapped in a 35-meter deep shaft at a bridge construction area in Vietnam's Dong Thap province on Jan. 2, 2023. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

HANOI—Rescuers in Vietnam were desperately trying to free a 10-year boy on Monday two days after he fell into the narrow open shaft of a concrete pile at a construction site on New Year’s Eve.

Ly Hao Nam was heard crying for help shortly after he fell into the pile on Saturday morning, but rescuers received no response from him on Monday as they lowered a camera down to try to locate his position in the 35-meter long support pillar.

The calamity occurred at a bridge construction site in the Mekong delta province where the boy had been searching with friends for scrap iron.

“I cannot understand how he fell into the hollow concrete pile, which has a diameter of a (25-centimeter) span only, and was driven 35 meters in to the ground,” Le Hoang Bao, director of Dong Thap province’s Department of Transport, told Tuoi Tre News, a local newspaper.

Efforts to lift the pile with cranes and excavators had so far failed and rescuers were unable to determine the boy’s position, media reported.

Rescuers have pumped oxygen into the pile and have softened the soil around it but the pile has tilted slightly, complicating extraction efforts.

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