Vietnam rescuers try to save boy, 10, trapped in concrete pile
Vietnam: Rescuers hope to raise the pillar from its 35-metre-deep (115-feet) hole and cut the boy, named Thai Ly Hao Nam.
Vietnam on Tuesday mobilised soldiers and engineering experts to try free a 10-year-old boy trapped in a buried hollow concrete pillar on a construction site.
Rescuers hope to raise the pillar from its 35-metre-deep (115-feet) hole and cut the boy, named Thai Ly Hao Nam, out -though after three days trapped inside, it is not clear whether he is still alive.
The youngster fell into the 25-centimetre (12-inch) wide shaft of the pillar, sunk as part of a new bridge in Mekong delta province of Dong Thap, on Saturday, apparently while looking for scrap metal.
A wider 19-metre-long metal pipe has been lowered around the concrete tube in which Nam is trapped to allow them to remove mud from around the pillar and try to lift it out.
Around 100 soldiers and professional equipment have been deployed at the site, which has been sealed off from the public while the rescue effort goes on.
"The boy has been trapped inside the small pillar for four days, with assumption of multiple injuries. Hope for him to be alive is limited," said Doan Tan Buu.