Rescuers Race to Save 5-Year-Old Boy Trapped in 88-Foot Well in India Since Friday

Indian officials are racing against time to rescue a toddler who has been trapped in an 88-foot-deep well since Friday.

Sujith Wilson, who is believed to be between 2 and 3 years old, fell down the well around 5:45 p.m. Friday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, district fire officer Puru Gandhi told CNN.

Gandhi said a small camera has been lowered into the well to monitor the condition of the boy, who is breathing.

Oxygen is being pumped into the pit and rescuers are working to drill a shaft parallel to the well.

The state’s Commissioner for Disaster Management and Mitigation, J. Radhakrishnan, told CNN that rescuers were able to dig down to 45 feet but then hit rocks.

“We are not able to predict the nature (of the ground); it is full of rock,” Radhakrishnan said.

“We have been giving him (the trapped boy) oxygen, but it is a difficult kind of situation. Hopefully, the operation will complete in eight-10 hours. Let us pray.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Omar Khan, Esha Mitra and Bianca Britton