By Euro Weekly News Media • 24 January 2019 • 20:36
HARD WORK: Miners are digging are 4-metre tunnel by hand.
Credit: Asociacion de Salvamento de las Minas and @NicoConsil23
RESCUERS building a tunnel to reach trapped toddler, Julen, say it will take around 24 hours to complete.
A source from the Junta de Andalucia said the work of hand digging a 4-metre long tunnel at 60-metres below ground level should be complete tomorrow.
The news comes after this morning’s works to complete an access platform allowed specialist minors to descend the 60-metre well specially constructed to reach the boy.
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.
COUNTDOWN: Rescuers say they will reach Julen in ‘very short time’
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