NDRF, SDRF teams join efforts to rescue two-year-old trapped in borewell

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After multiple attempts to secure and pull the boy out using ropes had failed, fresh rescue measures are underway by digging a new borewell parallel to the one two-year-old Sujith Wilson is stuck in

Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) took over the operation to rescue the two-year-old boy who fell into an abandoned borewell at Nadukattupatti near Manapparai district on Saturday.

A 30-member NDRF team which arrived here from Arakkonam in the morning joined the SDRF team which had arrived earlier. After a brief assessment of the situation, the teams got to work by using a hydraulic device with a mechanical arm.

The teams took over the mission after successive attempts by multiple teams of experts through the night to get a grip of the boy using various devices and contraptions had failed.

Health Minister C.Vijayabaskar said expertise and specialised drilling equipment was requested from Neyveli Lignite Corporation and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. After a brief consultation, it has now been decided to launch a direct manual rescue attempt.

Accordingly, a huge borewell is to be dug parallel to the old one to a depth of about 75-80 feet and then drill a tunnel to link the two through which a rescue team would go physically to rescue the boy.

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