Boy, 2, dies after being trapped in well in India
NEW DELHI: The body of a two-year-old boy trapped 26m down a well in southern India for more than three days was recovered yesterday.
Sujith Wilson was the second toddler in four months to grab nationwide attention after falling into the 30cm diameter pipe while playing near his home in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu state on Friday last week.
"The body was retrieved using special equipment and he was in a decomposed state," said district official S. Sivarasu.
He added that a post-mortem examination would be carried out to determine the cause of death.
A thermal camera had been used to monitor the child's temperature while oxygen was supplied through a pipe.
Rescuers said the toddler was unconscious but breathing until Sunday morning, but they had been unable to check his condition since then as he had slipped further down.
Workers used an oil drill to dig a hole parallel to the well, but the rig broke down around 10m from the boy because of the rocky ground. Attempts to use robotic devices to lower ropes to latch onto the boy's wrist failed on Saturday.
Politicians had started a vigil at the site and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi offered their "prayers" on Twitter.
It is the latest in a series of incidents involving children falling into disused wells in rural India. In June, a two-year-old boy died after spending four days trapped inside one in Punjab state. - AFP