This is the heartwarming moment a four-year-old boy is pulled from a 20-foot borewell after being trapped for four hours.
Muhammad Adeeb was chasing his ball when he plunged into the uncovered well outside his home in a rural village in Sahiwal in Punjab, Pakistan, on Monday.
His cousin, Usama, also four years old, was with him when he saw Muhammad fall into the hole and immediately rushed to tell his family.
But locals struggled to pull him out as the well was extremely narrow at only 10-inches in diameter.
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Muhammad Adeeb, four, can be seen looking disorientated and caked in mud as he is pulled out of the dark hole in Sahiwal in Punjab, Pakistan, on Monday
Muhammad’s head breaks through the narrow space covered in mud, as the rescuers shine lights into the darkness and haul him out
Professional help was called in but it took a rescue team four hours to reach Muhammad.
Eventually, they used a plastic pipe and a rope to pull the boy out.
Pictures show the family and crowds waiting anxiously as rescuers battle to get the toddler to safety.
They gathered around the well and kept their eyes glued as the pipe was thrown inside the well.
A loud cheer broke out as the boy – covered in mud – emerged out of the well and jumped into a rescuer’s arms.
Loud cheers ring out as the boy is held high after four hours of perilous work to get him out of the narrow borewell
A close up shot of the borewell: Professional help was called after locals tried to get him out of the extremely narrow shaft
Crowds gathered to help rescue teams in their four hour struggle as a truck can be seen in the background with a large winch in the back
A man holds his hands together in prayer as the concerned onlookers hope that the toddler can be saved
Muhammad’s father, Muhammad Noman, who was informed by a neighbor about the incident says it was a heart-wrenching moment for him to see his son in such a condition.
Recalling the crucial hours, he said: ‘When my neighbor informed me that my child has fallen into the borewell, I immediately rushed to the village and saw a huge crowd had gathered at the site.
‘Everyone was giving ideas what to do and how to bring him out we tried but nothing worked. Luckily amid the chaos someone had called the rescue helpline.
‘They took some time to reach to the spot but luckily they rescued my son.
‘I was too scared and I couldn’t see him but when I called his name he responded well.
‘It was a heart-wrenching moment but I’m thankful to God that my son was rescued without any injury on his body.’