Rescuers are offering psychological and medical support to the parents of a two-year-old Spanish boy who fell down a deep well more than a week ago as team search hope to reach the child today.
Julen Rosello’s parents Jose Rosello and Vicky Garcia, 29, are currently staying at a house in the Spanish town of Totalan, after being asked to leave the hillside for their own safety.
Rescuers have drilled a 197ft vertical tunnel in the Costa del Sol countryside hoping to save the toddler.
Parents Jose Rosello and Victoria Garcia are currently staying at a house in the province of Malaga after being asked to leave the hillside for their own safety
Julen Rosello’s father receives psychological and medical support at home in Totalan, Malaga
A photo released by Spanish Civil Guard shows the excavation works to rescue two-year old Julen, trapped inside a well since January 13
Initially, rescue teams said they hoped to complete the tunnel and reach the boy by Sunday or Monday, but construction works were delayed, so they hope to reach the trapped boy today.
‘Technical difficulties have cropped up with the casing of the well after the depth of 40 metres,’ said a spokeswoman for the regional government at the site.
‘It is impossible to estimate how long it will take. The operation has already begun,’ she said.
Julen Rosello fell into the 250ft waterhole in the countryside of northeast of Malaga on Sunday 13.
Rescuers are using mechanical diggers to dig a tunnel to reach the toddler.
They have finished perforating a parallel shaft and will today start digging a horizontal tunnel to reach the spot where Julen Rosello is though to be, El Pais reported.
Rescuers drilled a parallel shaft and will start digging a horizontal tunnel, hoping to reach the spot where the Spanish toddler is thought to be
Rescuers decided to widen the vertical tunnel to continue with the rescue operation
For its difficulty and magnitude, this is a rescue operation without precedents in Spain
Spanish miners and engineers have been joined by workers from a Swedish firm to continue the operation, hoping to reach the trapped toddler
One of the drilling machines was taken off a job on a motorway near Madrid so that emergency services could use it in the rescue operation.
Rescuers found that the borehole was blocked with earth, raising fears that soil had collapsed onto the child.
The boy fell down the borehole as his father prepared a lunchtime paella on family-owned land.
The hole was made by a prospector at the request of Mr Rosello’s cousin’s boyfriend to search for water.
The prospector told police he sealed the hole after making it, but the toddler’s family said it was in fact only covered by stones which were not properly laid.
Recalling the moment his son fell down the borehole, Mr Rosello said: ‘I was putting some more wood on for the fire and ran towards him.
Engineers and rescuers are continuing to dig a tunnel today, hoping to reach young Julen
A rescue team at the control centre in the area where young Julen fell into a well on Sunday 13
‘My cousin was a bit nearer and threw herself on the ground as I reached the orifice.
‘He had already gone.
‘I heard him cry at first but then I didn’t hear him cry anymore.’
One of the drilling machines was taken off a job on a motorway near Madrid to be used in the rescue operation
The home of two-year-old Julen Rosello, that rescuers hope to reach after digging a tunnel
Spanish miners and engineers have been joined by workers from a Swedish firm known for having rescued 33 Chilean miners after 69 days underground more than seven years ago.
Children and families around Spain have been holding candlelight vigils across Spain in support of the missing toddler.
El Pais reported that the boy’s brother Oliver Rosello, three, died two years ago after suffering a heart attack which is thought to be linked to a congenital birth defect.