EFFORTS to rescue Julen, the 2-year-old boy who fell into a well in Totalán (Málaga) 10 days ago today, have restarted.
Since early this morning the difficulties encountered on Tuesday with the casing of the parallel tunnel that will lead to the child have been remedied and it has been possible to fit 42 metres of casing to the tunnel bored.
Without it would be too dangerous for eight members of Hunosa Miners’ Rescue Brigade to descend and dig the final four metre tunnel that would reach the toddler.
As of 1pm there were still 20 more metres to go before the point where the team – described as the best specialist miners – can start the laborious process of connecting the rescue tunnel to the well.
This final stage is expected to take about 24 hours – meaning it will have been at least 11 days since Julen tumbled down the hole.
The miners will descend the new tunnel two by two and will have to work either kneeling or lying down in shifts of 40 minutes to one hour.
As they progress, they will support the roof and sides using wooden posts. The team hopes to start work on the last stage later today once the vertical pipe is in place.