Six-year-old boy falls into 300-feet deep borewell; rescue efforts on
BAGALKOT: A six-year-old boy fell into an open
borewell on Sunday at Sulikeri village, some 15 km from here, following which
authorities have launched rescue operation. “Efforts are on to rescue him,”
Bagalkot Deputy Commissioner PA Meghannavar said.
Tipanna Hatti fell into the 300-feet borewell in his
father’s sugarcane field while he had gone there with his 12-year-old cousin at
around 2.15 pm, Meghannavar said. Special rescue teams from Hatti Gold Mines
have been sought by the district administration to expedite the efforts to
rescue him, he said.
The boy is at a depth of 150 feet and rescuers are
trying to gain access, he said, adding, at present two earth removal machines
are being engaged in the operation. Oxygen is being supplied into the borwell
to keep the boy alive, Meghannavar said. “We could hear the boy calling amma,
amma (mother),” he said.
District in-charge Minister SR Patil is also camping
at the site, supervising the rescue operations.
On June 17, a four-year-old girl had fallen into an
open borewell at Nagathana village, near Bijapur and she was found dead after a
50-hour-long rescue operation.