Boy, 2, is trapped for four days in an abandoned well without food or water while rescuers are desperately trying to reach him
- Sujith Wilson fell deep into the Tamil Nadu district on Friday afternoon
- Toddler said to be unconscious but to breathe on Sunday morning
- His mother was seen on the edge of the well that her young son called
It is a race against time for workers trying to save a toddler who has been trapped in a deep well in South India for more than 72 hours.
Sujith Wilson, 2, fell deeply while playing near his home in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu on Friday afternoon.
The toddler was unconscious but breathed until Sunday morning – rescuers could not check his condition since.
& # 39; It's a race against the clock & # 39 ;, said Jawaharlal Nehru, a senior district officer at the location where rescue operations started on the fourth day.
Sujith Taylor (right) appears in a family portrait with his mother, father and brother
Rescue workers work against the clock to save the young boy who is locked up deep in the abandoned well for four days
Attempts have been made to dig a secondary well next to the deep well into which the boy has fallen. But the rig broke in at around 33 feet. The boy probably slipped to a depth of 100 feet
Initially, a thermal camera was used to monitor the body temperature of the child while oxygen was supplied through a pipe.
Authorities said the child was trapped in a position about 30 feet deep when he first fell, before slipping further into an upright position.
Local media reports suggest that the young boy is now 100 feet in the well and is an additional challenge for the rescuers who are struggling with both the depth of the well and the rocky ground.
Attempts to use robotic equipment to lower ropes to sound at the boy's wrist failed on Saturday.
Workers used an oil drill to dig a hole parallel to the well on Sunday, but the rig broke about 33 feet deep because of the hard, rocky surface.
Images on social media show dozens of employees and at least two diggers on the site of the well where the boy remains trapped.
The Health Minister of Tamil Nadu told reporters that rescuers came through the rock proved to be a challenge.
& # 39; Even the powerful rigs have trouble breaking through the rock & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; We have just reached around 40 feet and the work did not go according to plan. We have searched for an advanced Chennai drill and it will come soon. That will be an ultimate attempt, & he said.
In the meantime, employees continue to try to save the boy using a rope system, despite previous failed attempts.
The rocky ground is a challenge for workers trying to dig into the ground and find a way to pull out the trapped toddler
Local reporters have said that the mother is on the site and calling her son and asking him not to cry.
His mother, referred to as Kalairani by the local media, also saw a fabric bag sewn, which rescuers hoped to use to get the toddler out of the well.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets his concerns about the fate of the young boy after meeting the rescuers.
& # 39; My prayers are with the young and brave Sujith Wilson … Every effort is made to ensure that he is safe, & # 39; he said.
The incident is the latest in a series of accidents where children have accidentally fallen into unused and uncovered sources in rural India.
In 2006, the rescue of a six-year-old child made headlines when he was safely restored in the state of Haryana after being trapped in a 60-foot well for 48 hours.
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