JULEN RESCUE: Specialists miners ‘at least’ half way to reaching two-year-old

JULEN RESCUE: Miners have reportedly dug more than 1.5 metres. Photo: @miirnzy and @NicoConsoli23

AFTER 15 hours of working by hand, specialist miners have reportedly dug more than 1.5 metres out of a 3.8 metre tunnel needed to reach Julen.

According to a Junta de Andalucia source as the tunnel works began late yesterday afternoon, the operation is expected to take around 24 hours, meaning workers hope to reach the boy later today.

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Experts are working in pairs, 60 metres below ground level to excavate a tunnel connecting them with the borehole the 2-year-old fell down in Totalan on Sunday January 13.

Once complete, the passage, built at a downward incline, will lead rescuers to a point 72-metres underground, to a section in the 110-metrel hole where they believe Julen could be.

Specialists responsible for digging the tunnel are reportedly working in 40-minute shifts, using pickaxes and pneumatic drills and wearing oxygen masks.

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