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Rescuers step up efforts to save child stuck in tubewell
Shahbad (Haryana), July 23: Army and civil authorities have sought the aid of Mumbaifire force in rescuing a five-year-old boy struck in a 53-feet tubewell at a village heresince Friday, an operation that was reviewed today by Chief Minister Bhoopinder SinghHooda at the site.
The child, Prince, fell into the deep, narrow pit leftuncovered by labourers in Haldheri village on Friday evening while he was playing.
Hooda who visited the spot, said heavy machinery was being brought from Mumbai in anair force plane and a team of experts from the fire brigade was on its way here.
"The administration is leaving no stone unturned to bring the child out safely, whichis our first priority. We are even in touch with experts in London and Holland and haveexplained the situation to them. We are getting feedback from them as well," Hooda toldreporters.
He was accompanied by Kurukshetra MP Navin Jindal and local MLA K LSharma State Agriculture Minister H S Chatha and briefed by officials on the operation.
Rescuers were trying to pull the child to safety by through a parallel tunnelthat was dug yesterday, but were proceeding slowly given the delicate nature of theirtask.
There was some rain in the area yesterday, which affected rescue efforts,but it had stopped now.
Today is Prince’s birthday, who appeared, in picturesbeamed by a close circuit camera lowered into the pit, to be holding out well.