COUNTDOWN: Rescuers say they will reach Julen in ‘very short time’

RESCUERS working to reach trapped toddler, Julen, say they have reached the final stages of their operation and will reach him in a, “very short time.”

This morning’s works to complete an access platform reportedly went well, and will soon allow specialist minors to descend the 60-metre well specially constructed to reach the boy.

A member of the rescue team told Spanish media: “Now we just have to check the equipment which the team will use to go underground and make sure that everything is in order, and that even spare parts are available.”

Once at the bottom of the well, experts will work by hand to carve out a 4-metre long tunnel connecting them with the hole they believe Julen is in.

The connecting tunnel will be built, by hand, at a downward inclination towards the toddler, who is thought to have become trapped at around 72-metres deep in the 110-metre borehole.

A group of specialists will dig using pickaxes and pneumatic drills, whilst wearing oxygen masks and remaining in telephone contact with teams above ground.

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