Mobilization in Morocco to save a 5-year-old child stuck in a well

The fate of a 5-year-old boy trapped in a deep well for more than 36 hours has Morocco in suspense on Thursday, as rescuers attempt to save him by digging contiguous ground. Rayan accidentally fell into a dry well 32 meters deep on Tuesday evening. Narrow and difficult to access, it was dug near the family residence, in a village near the town of Bab Berred in the province of Chefchaouen in the north of the country, local press reported.

“In a moment of inattention, the little one fell into the well that I was repairing. I couldn’t sleep a wink all night,” Rayan’s father told Le360. Relief was able to deliver “water and oxygen through tubes to Rayan”, according to the MAP news agency.

A diameter of barely 45 cm

Five diggers deployed on site began digging land parallel to the well. “The excavation works reached a depth of more than 19 meters,” according to local authorities quoted by the MAP agency. Mobilized for more than 24 hours, the rescue teams could not descend directly into the well because “its diameter does not exceed 45 centimeters”, indicated Abdelhabi Temrani, head of the rescue operation, on public television. Al Wow.

The accident sparked a stir on social media. The hashtag #sauvezrayan (in Arabic) appears Thursday among in top twitter trends. “The heart of all Moroccans is with this angel,” wrote a surfer on Twitter.

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