A one-and-half-year-old boy, who fell into a 30-feet-deep borewell at a hamlet here, was found dead on Monday as rescuers failed in their efforts to save him despite a 24-hour-long operation.
"B Mahesh, who slipped and fell into the open defunct borewell in an agricultural field at Chandra Tanda last evening, died though every effort was taken to save him, district Collector N Sridhar said.
Earlier, the rescue team dug a pit parallel to the borewell involving heavy earth movers and other machines. Oxygen was also pumped into the borewell to save the toddler but all went in vain, he said.
A team of rescue personnel from government-owned Singareni Colleries Ltd, who specialise in organising operations in mines, were engaged in the rescue efforts.
Work on digging a parallel pit hit a roadblock last night as the earth was rocky and the administration lacked special equipment to break the rocks.
The body was later shifted to the MGM Government Hospital in Warangal.
Mahesh fell into the borewell while playing in the field. The boy's father, B Ravi, had left the borewell uncovered after it failed to harvest any water. The parents of the toddler fell unconscious on seeing the body of their son.