The defunct borewell was left uncovered by a local farmer when he failed to find any water.

Telangana tragedy 18-hour rescue operation fails as 3-year-old boy dies in borewell
news Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 17:21

A three-year-old boy, who fell into an abandoned borewell on Saturday morning in Telangana’s Medak district died. The body was retrieved from the borewell today.

According to Deccan Chronicle report, the boy, Rakesh, who was playing near his house at Bommareddi Gudem village in Pulkal mandal of Medak district, fell into the borewell at 9 am yesterday.

The defunct borewell was left uncovered by a local farmer when he failed to find any water even after reaching a depth of around 150 feet.

“The boy has died…today morning his body was taken out from the open borewell and handed over to his parents,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Medak sub-division) Raj Ratnam told PTI.

Earth moving machines were used to dig a parallel hole to rescue the boy and oxygen was also pumped into the borewell.

The rescue operation that took more than 18 hours to retrieve the boy’s body, hit a roadblock for a while when they came across a sheet of rock while digging. The officials continued to work through the night.

The officials were forced to pull the boy by tying ropes to the legs.  They said that the boy met with multiple head injuries, major injury on forehead and doctors at the government hospital declared him brought dead, reported The Hindu.

Rakesh along with his 5-year-old brother Balaiah was playing near the borewell yesterday. He fell and was stuck even thought his brother and other family members tried to pull him out.

He slipped at a depth of 30 feet inside the borewell. Rescue operations were carried out by digging a pit adjacent to the borewell while oxygen was supplied into the hole, DSP said.

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