The boy’s situation is different from previous cases, as the pillar is too narrow for a rescuer to climb inside to reach the boy
A 10-year-old boy who fell into a 10-inch (25 cm) pit on New Year’s Eve while searching for scrap metal at a bridge construction site in South Vietnam with his friends has stopped responding to rescuers.
More than 200 rescuers are struggling to save the boy, who has been trapped in a narrow open concrete post in Dong Thap province since Saturday.
Ly Hao Nam was heard calling for help after he fell into the pile, but authorities are unsure about his current condition as he has stopped responding to the rescuers.
The boy’s situation is different from previous cases, as the pillar is too narrow for a rescuer to climb inside to reach the boy. A Ho Chi Minh City firefighter told VnExpress that conditions are “very complicated” and that “the only solution is to pull up the pillar”.
According to Doan Tan Buu, deputy chairman of the Dong Thap Provincial People’s Committee, there is little hope that the boy is still alive as he has been trapped in a confined space for four days with the assumption of multiple injuries.
On Monday, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh ordered rescuers, soldiers and technical experts at the federal level to join forces to free the boy by Tuesday.
In the meantime, local rescuers have drilled and softened the surrounding soil, removed mud from around the mound and pumped oxygen into the buttress.
The director of Dong Thap’s transportation department, Le Hoang Bao, has expressed the team’s determination to pull the 35-meter-high pillar out of the ground on Tuesday. They plan to use specialized equipment to pull the pile up before cutting it to free the boy.
Source: next shark