Rescue for trapped Spanish boy reaches critical hours

Spain probing if borehole that boy fell into was illegal

The rescue mission to save a two-year-old boy from a well in Spain has encountered some unexpected problems.

Julen Rosello, a two-year-old boy, was with his family when he walked away and unexpectedly fell down a narrow well on January 13, The Guardian reports.

The well is around 25 centimeters wide and is believed to be 100 meters deep. Rescuers found the boy's bag of sweets and a cup when they lowered a camera down around 75 meters into the well.

The Spanish Civil Guard stated that rescuers did attempt to widen the hole, reported NBC, citing TVE.

They reportedly attempted this while also trying to dig an alternate shaft in order to connect the two tunnels and rescue the baby. The rescuers have now finished digging a second vertical shaft in an effort to reach the boy, El Pais reports. They were originally planning to go down using a cage to dig a horizontal tunnel into the first shaft.

However, the cage got stuck 40 meters down the shaft. They were aiming to reach 60 meters depth. A rescue team are now planning to dig 4 meters to connect with the first shaft. Each of them will work in 40 to 60 minute shifts. It will take around 24 hours for them to connect to the first borehole, according to El Pais.

The country is holding its breath and following every turn of events in the frantic effort to recover Julen Rosello, who fell down a narrow 110-meter (360-foot) deep borehole on January 13th.

The parents of toddler Julen Rosello, who reportedly lost another young son in 2017, have said the family had no doubt that the boy fell into the borehole after walking away from his parents, who were preparing a countryside lunch Sunday near Totalan, a town northeast of Malaga

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Cranes and diggers are pictured at the site where a child fell down a well in Totalan, southern Spain, on January 22, 2019. - The search for a toddler who fell down a well in Spain nine days ago hit a fresh setback, complicating a difficult rescue operation which has had the country on tenterhooks. Two-year-old Julen Rosello fell down the narrow shaft on January 13 as he was playing while his parents prepared a picnic in Totalan, a southern town near Malaga. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Julen Rosello, 2, has been trapped in a well in Malaga, Spain since January 13. Source: Facebook/ Jose Rosello
Julen Rosello Rescue Slowed as Drill Hits Hard Rock
Attempts continue to rescue two-year-old Julen Rosello who fell down a 110-metre borehole in southern Spain.
MALAGA, SPAIN - 2019/01/24: Julen's parents seen being comforted by relatives during a vigil for the 2 year old boy who fell into a well more than 100 meters deep as he enjoyed a resting day with his family in the private estate of their family at the village of Totalán, near Malaga. The boy has remained stuck in the well for over 2 weeks while rescue teams try to rescue him. A vigil is being observed at the accident scene. (Photo by Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MALAGA, SPAIN - 2019/01/24: Julen Rosello's parents (L) are embraced by relatives and friends during a vigil for the 2 year old boy who fell into a well more than 100 meters deep as he enjoyed a resting day with his family in the private estate of their family at the village of Totalán, near Malaga. The boy has remained stuck in the well for over 2 weeks while rescue teams try to rescue him. A vigil is being observed at the accident scene. (Photo by Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MALAGA, SPAIN - 2019/01/24: People seen holding a placard in support of Julen Rosello during a vigil for the 2 year old boy who fell into a well more than 100 meters deep as he enjoyed a resting day with his family in the private estate of their family at the village of Totalán, near Malaga. The boy has remained stuck in the well for over 2 weeks while rescue teams try to rescue him. A vigil is being observed at the accident scene. (Photo by Jesus Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Parents of two-year-old Julen Rosello hug in Totalan, southern Spain, on January 24, 2019. - Miners were lowered on a cage to rescue two-year-old Julen Rosello who fell down a narrow shaft on January 13 as he was playing while his parents prepared a picnic in Totalan. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Women sing during a vigil in support of two-year-old Julen Rosello and his parents in Totalan, southern Spain, on January 24, 2019. - Miners were lowered on a cage to rescue two-year-old Julen Rosello who fell down a narrow shaft on January 13 as he was playing while his parents prepared a picnic in Totalan. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
MÁLAGA, SPAIN - JANUARY 18: Rescue workers continue efforts to find toddler Julen Rosello, who fell down a narrow, 100-metre-deep borehole last Sunday, on January 18, 2019 in Málaga, Spain. A massive rescue operation is underway in a race to reach the two-year-old boy, who has been missing for 5 days. Authorities confirmed strands of the boy’s hair were found in the borehole. The rescue operation is now focusing on the constructing of a vertical tunnel running parallel to the borehole after work on a horizontal tunnel faced technical difficulties. (Photo by Álex Zea/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MÁLAGA, SPAIN - JANUARY 17: Neighbors gather to show their support for the family of toddler Julen Rosello, who fell down a well last Sunday, on January 17, 2019 in Málaga, Spain. The two-year-old boy has been missing since Sunday after falling down a narrow, 100-metre-deep well. Spanish rescuers have not yet been able to locate the boy underground but confirmed strands of his hair had been found in the borehole. (Photo by Álex Zea/Europa Press via Getty Images)
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A 70-meter parallel shaft has been drilled to carry miners and Civil Guard experts on explosives.

The only sign of the toddler found so far is hair that matched his DNA. Officials have refused to comment on whether the boy could have survived so long.

Jose Rosello, Julen's father, that he and his wife were "heartbroken" by the long wait.

"It feels like we have been waiting for months," he told a scrum of reporters on Wednesday. "We are not going to give up ... We have the hope that an angel is going to show up for my son to come out alive."

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