Sujith Wilson, who is believed to be between two and three years old, fell down the well around 5:45 p.m. Friday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, local district fire officer Puru Gandhi told CNN. "But we have not lost hope", said Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, who is coordinating the rescue efforts.
On Sunday, officials had dug a new borewell from the side of the borewell Sujith was stuck inside to rescue the boy.
Sujith fell into the borewell on Friday evening when he was playing with his cousins. "The 35-foot hole has been drilled so far", he said.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami said heavy duty drilling machines and equipment have been deployed and experts from NLC, ONGC, L&T and NIT Tiruchirapalli are at the site.
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Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam visited the rescue operation site. "Every effort is being made to ensure that he is safe", PM Modi tweeted.
"As per original plan we should have reached 90ft by now, but the hard rocks are hampering drilling efforts and we have only drilled up to 40ft", he added. Specialised teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) joined the rescue operations at Nadukattupatti near here. After completion of the drilling a tunnel like structure would be created for the use of fire service personnel to reach the child with an oxygen cylinder.
Authorities said the child was wedged in a position about 30-feet deep when he first fell, before slipping in an upright standing position further into the well. He met with the family and consulted with the officials on the progress made in rescuing the child. Sujith was also being supplied with oxygen. Initially, when rescue ops had commenced, the child slipped deeper due to the vibration produced by earth-movers and the slippery walls of the empty bore well.
During the overnight rescue operation, non-governmental organisations from several places, including Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, Namakkal and Madurai, tried to rescue Wilson using indigenous machines.