The thick granite layer slows down efforts to save a child that has fallen well in Spain
The desperate efforts to save a two-year-old boy who fell into a deep, narrow pit clashed with another problem this Sunday when rescuers had to deal with a five-meter-high granite layer, authorities said.
"Five meters of granite were found (…) From a technical point of view, from the material point of view, it is doing everything humanly possible, but the circumstances do not help", said the president of the region of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno .
A giant drilling platform could be installed on Saturday and the technicians started digging a vertical tunnel parallel to the abandoned artesian well, over 100 meters deep and just 25 centimeters in diameter.
But after 40 meters they hit the granite layer that slowed down the drilling to try to save the baby.
"I hope and hope that tomorrow we will have some positive information, but everything will depend on the circumstances of the terrain," said the president of the regional government.
The 2 year old Julen Rossel fell into the hole on Sunday 13 when he played near where his father had lunch in the mountains of Totalán, near Málaga, in Andalusia (south) and since then no signs of life have been found.
– Approximately 80 m depth –
A camera that descended through the well was obstructed 70 meters from a thorn of stones and earth. There they found some hair and the package of goodies that the child had when he disappeared.
Rescuers try to reach the 80 meters, depth to which the child is estimated, and there they open a horizontal tunnel to connect the tunnel with the well.
Despite the difficulties and the time spent, doctors still hope, like Iván Carabano, a pediatrician at the Hospital Hospital of October 12, who, referring to the cold in the area, stressed to the newspaper of El País that in those conditions "time of survival, because at low temperatures the human metabolism slows down and the tissues are preserved "
The Guardia Civil issued a statement to parents and businessmen who dug the well, according to a police spokesman, who said it is a common practice in this type of case.
When the accident occurred, the well lacked signage, and a source from the Government of Andalusia stated that the business man had not requested the necessary permits to do that work.