In accordance with police, Sujith, who had been enjoying close to the borewell, fell in at round 5.30 pm on Friday evening. Read Also: PM says praying for boy trapped in borewell in TNPrime Minister Narendra Modi extended his prayers for the two-year-old kid.
Madurai-based M Manikandan who had designed a device for such rescue operations arrived with the equipment later in the evening on Friday for assistance.
Local media reports suggest the young boy is now stuck 100 feet into the well, posing an additional challenge to the rescuers who are struggling with both the depth of the well, and the rocky ground. Spoke to CM @EPSTamilNadu regarding the rescue efforts underway to save Sujith. After the village's rocky terrain slowed down the process, officials deployed a borewell drilling machine to drill three holes, with a diameter of 6 inches each to dig through the rocks, following which the rigs will be pressed into service.
The operations continued as hundreds of people in the state prayed for the child with political leaders such as DMK president M K Stalin and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran joining them in wishing that the Sujith was rescued at the earliest. "The 35-foot hole has been drilled so far", he added. He said it may take 12 more hours to complete the drilling alone as every hour they're not able to do dig more than 30 to 40 centimetres. Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Fire Services Priya Ravichandran and the Health Minister are supervising the efforts.
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A massive drilling operation at the site to rescue the boy was proving hard due to the rocky nature of the site's terrain, local media reported. Several teams from the National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response force and workers from NLC India Limited are on their way to the spot.
Oxygen is being pumped into the pit and rescuers are working to drill a shaft parallel to the well.
After Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, actor Rajinikanth has expressed his concern over the incident. Initially, when rescue ops had commenced, the child slipped deeper due to the vibration produced by earth-movers and the slippery walls of the empty bore well.