Friday, February 3, 2023

Moroccan rescuers dig to save the boy trapped in the well for two days

Rescuers in northern Morocco are digging for a second day in a row to find a 5-year-old boy trapped in a 32-metre-deep well, officials said on Thursday.

The boy, identified as Ryan, has been trapped in a well in the northern village of Igran in Morocco’s Chefchaouen province since Tuesday evening.

Rescuers said on Thursday they were able to deliver oxygen and water to him and he got a response.

“I pray and pray to God that he comes out of that well alive and safe,” his mother, Vasima Kharchich, told local television 2M.

“Please God, ease me and his pain, in that hole of dust.”

Ryan’s father, Khalid Agoram, told another local broadcaster that he had been searching for his son for hours before discovering he had fallen into the well.

Rescuers used a rope to provide him with oxygen tubes and water but he could not reach the hole where he was trapped.

They also sent a CCTV camera to monitor him, according to Morocco’s official MAP news agency.

MAP said rescuers used five bulldozers to dig a hole parallel to the well in an attempt to reach the boy.

Local officials said rescuers had reached 19 meters so far.

“I managed to communicate with the baby and asked if he could hear me. There was a response. I waited for a minute and saw he started using oxygen,” said Red Crescent volunteer Imad Fahmi told 2M.

Medical staff is onsite to see the boy, with a helicopter on standby to take him to the nearest hospital.

Government spokesman Mustafa Baytas said on Thursday that the government was closely monitoring the situation, studying various ways to help save the child.

Thousands of Moroccans took to social media to express their sympathy to the boy and his family.

The hashtag #SaveRayan is trending in Morocco and the Twitter post has drawn global attention to rescue efforts.

Associated Press

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