The vertical hole to reach the Spanish boy trapped in a well advances slowly. After 24 hours, the car dug a little more than 40 meters, of the 60 needed.
The expectation when the drilling began at 13:00 on Saturday afternoon was that it would take about 15 hours to complete the 60-meter drilling, but more than 27 hours later the vertical tunnel was still just over 40 meters .
Contrasts related to the difficulty of drilling with a large diameter, 1.2 meters, and some harder rocky outcrops that the authorities are finding along the way are delaying the rescue, which was believed to be done in about 35 hours: 15 for drilling and another 20 to make a horizontal tunnel that connects the rescue well to the pit, 110 meters and 25 centimeters in diameter, where Julen will be dropped.
The mountain has been lowered by 25 meters to allow the machine to drill from 80 to 85. When drilling is complete, a team of miners, working in two-piece shifts, will descend from a metal cap with 1.05 meter diameter to the Height where the boy will be, about 72 meters deep, according to the authorities' estimates.
The difference between the height of the child and the entire hole, about eight meters, will be used to deposit the aggregates taken from the excavation, thus avoiding wasting time to lift the ground.
The miners will work with pneumatic hammers and hand tools to dig a horizontal tunnel and try to reach the hole where Julen will be. According to the engineer in charge of the work, Ángel Vidal, the excavation of this tunnel should last about 20 hours.
Accounts made, it will take another 24 hours to try to figure out if the rescue team can reach the two-year-old son who disappeared in a hole on his uncle's farm, last Sunday, outside Malaga, Spain.