A desperate bid is underway to save an eight-year-old boy who has been trapped inside a well for more than 16 hours.
Tanmay Sahu plunged down the disused 400ft well while he was playing in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday night.
The state’s disaster response force has descended on the scene and is in a race against time to rescue the boy, who is stuck some 55ft down.
Dramatic images show the child wedged in a tiny gap with his hands above his head
A desperate bid is underway to save eight-year-old Tanmay Sahu (pictured) who has been trapped inside a well for more than 16 hours.
Tanmay Sahu plunged down the disused 400ft well while he was playing in the Betul district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday night. Dramatic images show the child wedged in a tiny gap with his hands above his head
Rescuers are administering oxygen to the boy.
Betul Additional district magistrate Shyamendra Jayaswal said he may be unconscious because he was ‘not responding’.
Jayaswal told news agency ANI: ‘The rescue operation has been underway since we received the information. Efforts are being made to take out the child.
‘At 2.30am SDRF [State Disaster Response Force], Home guards, and Police teams reached the spot to rescue the child. It might take another two-three hours.’
Jaiswal added: ‘It is taking more time than what we expected because there are stones.
‘We called a breaker machine at night to break the stones. JCB and poclain machines are also being used.’
Tanmay’s father, Sunil Sahu, told India newspaper The Hindu that the boy fell into the borewell while playing around 5pm on December 6.
He said he was playing in the farm and then he went to another field where the incident occurred.
‘My 12-year-old daughter saw him and informed me that he fell into the borewell. We immediately rushed to the spot. He was breathing and we listened to his sound from the borewell. The rescue operation was started from 6pm onwards on Tuesday,’ Sahu told the publication.
State chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan tweeted: ‘The incident of an 8-year-old boy falling into a borewell in Mandvi village of Aathner block of Betul is sad.
Rescuers are administering oxygen to the boy. Betul Additional district magistrate Shyamendra Jayaswal said he may be unconscious as he was ‘not responding’
‘I have instructed the local administration to take the necessary steps. I am in constant touch with the administration.
‘The rescue team is trying to save the child safely. I pray for the well-being of the innocent.’
One video shared online shows a crowd at night watching as rescuers continue with the operation.
An image posted on social media shows a yellow tube being dangled down the hole to provide oxygen for the boy.
State disaster management teams have been sent from Hoshangabad city and the state’s capital Bhopal.
It is common for farmers in India to set up borewells – deep wells dug into the ground for irrigation – due to water shortages.
The wells are left open once they are out of use, which means that they present a risk to the public.
Numerous children have become trapped inside narrow borewells and have died from suffocation as a result.
In June, an video captured the incredible moment an 18-month-old baby boy was pulled out of a 500ft well after falling into it when playing nearby
In May, a six-year-old boy who fell into a 300-foot-deep borewell died after a seven-hour-long rescue operation at Khiala Bulanda village in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.
But there have been a number of miraculous rescues – including some that have captured global attention.
In June, an video captured the incredible moment an 18-month-old baby boy was pulled out of a 500ft well after falling into it when playing nearby.
Identified as Shivan Badhel, the boy was the focus of an army rescue mission lasting 45 minutes on 7 June in Dudapur Village, Dhrangadhra Taluka, in the Surendranagar district in Gujarat, western India.
Days later, a 10-year-old deaf and mute boy who was stuck down an 80ft well in India for four days was found alive.
In June, a 10-year-old deaf and mute boy who was stuck down an 80ft well in India for four days was found alive
Rahul Sahu fell down the waterhole while playing in the backyard of his house in the central state of Chhattisgarh.
The incident sparked a massive rescue operation of over 500 people, including army, police and disaster relief officials, who were plagued by bad weather, venomous snakes and scorpions.
Last December, a one-year-old girl was rescued from a borewell in Madhya Pradesh’s Chatarpur, reported ANI.
And in 2019, a two-year-old toddler was pulled out dead from a well after a four-day rescue effort in the northern state of Punjab.