According to reports reaching here, the boy was playing near the borewell in a farmland when he accidentally slipped into the seven-and-half inch wide abandoned borewell. Neither the owner of the farmland nor the contractor who drilled the borewell had taken necessary safety measures when they abandoned it, the reports said.
The rescue team started to dig a parallel pit in an attempt to rescue the boy. The boy is said to be stuck at a depth of 40 feet in the borewell.
The condition of the boy was not known. District collector (Tiruvannamalai) A Gnanasekaran was overseeing the rescue operations. This is the third incident of a child falling into an open borewell in the last 10 days in the state.
A four-year-old boy, G Harshan, was pulled out of a borewell after a six-hour operation in Tirunelveli district on Monday. The boy fell into a 400-foot borewell in Kuthalaperi village near Sankarankoil at 10am and was stuck at a depth of 17 feet. Fire and rescue services personnel dug a parallel pit and rescued the boy from the borewell at 4pm.
A three-year-old girl in Villupuram district who fell into a 500-foot open borewell and rescued after 19 hours in a severely asphyxiated condition was not so lucky. R Madhumitha died at a government hospital in the district on April 6.