Nearly six hours after a teenaged boy Sunday fell into a 30-feet-deep well in West Bengal's Howrah district, around the same time when a four-year-old girl's body was recovered from a borewell in Haryana, divers were struggling to rescue him.
Roshan, 17, a construction
worker, slipped and fell into the well around 4 p.m. at Eksara area in Liluah town while trying to draw water, a witness said. This was around the same time when the body of four-year-old Mahi was recovered from a borewell in Haryana's Manesar town.
Disaster Management, Fire and
Emergency Services Minister Javed Khan said: "The disaster management group personnel have reached the spot with gas masks as there are toxic gases in the well. The fire brigade personnel are also there. We hope he
will be rescued quickly".
The minister said search lights were being used with divers ready to go into the well.
"Our estimate is the well is 30 feet deep. Some others are saying it is 70 feet deep," he said.
firemen initially tried to pump out water from the well. "But no sooner
we pumped out some water, it again started getting filled up," said a fire brigade official.
Area lawmaker Rajib Banerjee said efforts were on to send a crane to the spot so that if any rescuer entering the well fell sick, he could be brought out with the help of the crane.