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18-month-old rescued from 60-feet Haryana borewell after 47 hours

An 18-month-old boy who fell into a 60-feet deep borewell on Wednesday evening in Haryana’s Hisar district was rescued by on Friday. Hisar’s deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena said the toddler was fine after he was rescured from borewell, where he was trapped for around 47 hours.

Indian Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and local authorities were involved in the rescue operation in Balsamand village after Nadeem Khan fell into the borewell near his house while playing on Wednesday evening.

Meena said the condition of the boy, the son of labourer Azam Khan, was fine and that the rescue team had dropped oxygen tubes inside the borewell to help him breathe. Officials said biscuits and juices were also sent down.

A GPS tracker had been sent inside the borewell to track the exact location of the child. As soon as the team got the location, the process to rescue the child was expedited.

Meena had earlier said the child would be sent to Agroha Medical College after his rescue for which a route had been identified and cleared for the speedy transfer.

Closed-circuit television or CCTV cameras lowered into the well showed the boy sitting with his back to screen.

Sources said that the NDRF team and army personnel dug another 70-ft hole about 17-ft away from the main borewell where the child fell. Earthmovers and tractors have been pressed into service as two ambulances could be seen near the site.

“On Wednesday, it was about 5.15 pm when the child was playing and he suddenly fell inside the borewell,” a local resident and panch of village Khursheed Ahmed said.

His parents, who were also near the spot, informed the village sarpanch who then contacted the police and local administration. Meena and superintendent of police (SP) Shiv Charan reached the spot and ordered a rescue work.

The local police had a tough time as the villagers from nearby village crowded the spot and gathered to see the rescue process.

Deputy commissioner Meena said legal action will be taken against the person who dug the borewell without taking permission from the concerned department.

The accident has once again brought into focus the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children in the past.

A massive operation was launched in 2006 to rescue five-year-old Prince, who had fallen into a borewell in a village in Kurukshetra. He was pulled out safely after nearly 48 hours.

First Published:
Mar 22, 2019 15:36 IST

Source: HindustanTimes