A little boy in northern Morocco has been stuck deep down in a well — and rescuers have been racing to try to get to him and save his life.
The rescue workers are frantically digging to try to reach the 5-year-old boy named Rayan, who is trapped down a 105-foot deep well, officials said on Thursday.
As of Friday evening 9 p.m. ET, the race continues.
The boy has been stuck in the well, which is located in the northern village of Ighran in Morocco’s Chefchaouen province, since Tuesday evening.
Rescuers said on Thursday they managed to get down oxygen and water to him, and also got a response from him.
“I pray and beg God that he comes out of that well alive and safe,” his mother Wassima Kharchich told local television 2M.
“Please God, ease my pain and his, in that hole of dust.”
Khalid Agoram, the boy’s father, told another local broadcaster that he had been looking for his son for hours on Tuesday before figuring out that he had fallen into the well.
Rescue workers used a rope to provide an oxygen tube and water to the boy.
Yet they were unable to reach the hole where he’s trapped.
As of Friday evening, they apparently are several feet away from him after digging a parallel tunnel to try to reach him as well as a horizontal tunnel to connect to the original one.
Earlier, they sent down a CCTV camera to monitor him, according to Morocco’s official MAP news agency.
Local publications reported that crews have pumped oxygen into the part of the well he occupies.
Emergency teams are standing by to take the boy to the hospital the moment he’s freed from the well, according to local reports.
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The Associated Press contributed reporting to this piece.