17 Jan, 2019 @ 15:40
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Tunnels now being drilled to save little Julen trapped in well but rain forecasts could complicate rescue

TRAPPED: Two-year-old Julen is still stuck in a well in Malaga

RESCUE teams have now begun drilling two tunnels in the efforts to reach two-year-old Julen who is stuck in a 107-metre deep well in Malaga.

The trapped tot has been stuck in the 20cm-wide well in Totalan since Sunday and will have been inside for 100 hours on Thursday.

One tunnel will run parallel to the well, while another will be constructed at a more horizontal angle.

PLAN: A sketch by rescue teams showing the proposed route for the tunnels to save Julen

On Thursday large metal pipes arrived that are to be used in the construction of the vertical tunnel.

Each tunnel would take 12 hours to construct under normal conditions, but with some rain forecast, the operation could prove more complicated.

“The important thing is to get to the site as soon as possible, by one option or another,” said Juan López Escobar, delegate of the College of Engineers of the South.

ROCK BOTTOM: Footage by firefighters show he entrance to where Julen is trapped inside the well is blocked at around 73m

Meanwhile, firefighters have dispatched a camera down the borehole to film the conditions at the bottom.

New images show the entrance blocked by dirt and rock at around 73 metres, meaning rescuers cannot reach Julen.

The blockage was believed to have been caused by a small landslide when Julen originally fell into the well.

It comes after Julen’s DNA, found in a hair sample of the youngster, was extracted from the well on Wednesday.

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