A massive rescue operation is underway to save a four-year-old boy who fell into a 150-foot-deep borewell while playing on Monday morning. The incident took place at about 8:30 a.m. local time in Dhariyai village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
In videos that are making the rounds on the Internet, a disaster management team and villagers can be seen trying to rescue the child from the borewell.
Local police told the news agency PTI that the child's movement could be noticed and that he was responding. Oxygen is being supplied to the boy through a pipe pushed down the borewell.
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According to an eyewitness, the borewell was dug up in the field by the child’s father to preserve groundwater.
“We had dropped a rope into the borewell which the child had caught and he has been responding to our queries”, the villager said.