18 Aug, 2021 @ 20:30
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Man found dead after falling into borehole in Granada hills and could have been there for several days

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A MAN has died after falling down a 15 metre deep borehole in the hills above Motril on Spain’s southern coast.

The man was discovered by his friend who went out to look for him after realising he had been missing for several days.

He telephoned 112 to report the grim discovery at 12.30 am on Wednesday morning (August, 18).

Emergency services retrieved the body from the bore hole in the area of Garnatilla in Granada province and said the victim may have been down there for several days.

No details on his identity have yet been released by police.

Hundreds of unmarked boreholes litter the Spanish countryside, a peril that was highlighted in January 2019 when two-year Julen Rosello disappeared down a narrow opening while his family picnicked nearby.

The shafts, which are often illegal, are drilled in an attempt to find underground water, a common practice in the arid south of Spain where in order to grow anything, extra water resources are needed.

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Elena Gocmen Rueda

Elena Gocmen Rueda studied journalism at the Complutense University in Madrid before returning to her hometown of Marbella. She started working for The Olive Press in April 2021. Get in touch with a story: [email protected]

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