Two-year-old Fatehveer Singh, who had fallen into a borewell in Sangrur, rescued after almost 109-hour long rescue operation.
Nearly 109 hours after conducting a rescue operation two-year-old Fatehvir Singh has been rescued from a 150-foot-deep borewell in Punjab’s Sangrur district.
The child was rescued by National Disaster Response Force personnel at around 5.30AM officials said.
A team of doctors was stationed at the site of the accident to provide medical assistance to Fatehvir. An ambulance equipped with a ventilator had also been stationed there.
The child may be taken to either Patiala hospital or PGIMER in Chandigarh, Thori said.
Fatehvir, is the only child of his parents. He fell into the unused seven-inch-wide borewell in a field covered with cloth while he was playing near his house around 4 pm Thursday, officials said.
“The rescue operation is going on and is in its final stage. It is expected to be completed today,” Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ganshyam Thori has earlier told PTI.
Fatehvir felt unconscious after he fell into the borewell. Officials couldn't reach him food however, oxygen was being supplied to him.
On Saturday morning, officials, who were monitoring the boy’s condition through camera, had said some movements of the child were noticed.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also deputed an officer who specialises in operations to rescue children stuck in borewells, the DC said.
The toddler is stuck at a depth of 125 feet and a team of NDRF personnel and army experts, assisted by police, civil authorities, villagers and volunteers, are carrying out the rescue operations.
#WATCH Punjab: Two-year-old Fatehveer Singh, who had fallen into a borewell in Sangrur, rescued after almost 109-hour long rescue operation. He has been taken to a hospital. pic.twitter.com/VH6xSZ4rPV— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019
To retrieve Fatehvir, a parallel borewell has been dug by installing reinforced cement concrete (RCC) pipes of nearly 30 inches in diameter.
“No where in the world has such an operation been carried out where a child is stuck at such a depth in a borewell. Even recently in the Hisar incident, the depth of the borewell was much less,” Thori said.
In March, an 18-month-old boy was rescued from a borewell in Haryana’s Hisar district, two days after he had fallen into it.
Giving details of the operation, Thori said NDRF personnel had managed to clamp both the hands of the child in the early phase of the rescue operation on Thursday, but given the peculiar position where he is stuck, they could not risk pulling him as he could be harmed.
Thori said a team of doctors are stationed at the site to provide the best medical assistance to Fatehvir whenever he is taken out of the borewell.
He said an ambulance equipped with a ventilator has also been stationed at the site.
Twenty-six members of the NDRF are engaged in the rescue operation.
The incident has again brought to fore the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children.
Besides the Hisar incident, in 2006, a massive operation was launched to rescue five-year-old Prince, who had fallen into a borewell in a village in Kurukshetra. He was pulled out safely nearly 48 hours later.