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Up to 80 excavators dig around the clock for Chinese boy, 6, who fell into 40m-deep well

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 1:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 November, 2016, 4:51pm

Dozens of people in northern China are working around the clock to rescue a six-year-old boy who fell into a 40-metre-deep dry well on Sunday.

On Wednesday afternoon, after three days of digging, rescuers were only two metres away from the bottom of the well, where the boy was believed to be, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

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However, they are yet to locate the child or detect any signs of life inside the dark and humid shaft.

The boy fell into the shaft at about 11am on Sunday when he was playing with his sister on the family’s cabbage field as their father was harvesting vegetables.

The opening of the well had a diameter of only 30 centimetres.

About 80 diggers, bulldozers and excavators have been digging continuously day and night at the site of the well in the village of Zhongmengchan, in Baoding, Hebei province, in search of the boy.

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So far they had removed more than 200,000 cubic metres of earth from around the area of the well, the report said.

The boy’s father and grandparents have been waiting anxiously at the scene, according to the report.

The dry well, built more than a decade ago for farming purposes, had been left unused for about five years.

Similar wells were common sights in nearby villages, local residents were quoted as saying.

No warning signs were in place at the top of the wells, the report said.