The local administration played a proactive role in rescuing a four-year-old boy who fell into a borewell at a village close to Ujjain after an 18-hour effort that ended at 3 pm on Sunday.
The boy is doing fine.
Ayush had fallen into the borewell on Saturday evening. When news reached his father, the villagers gathered and informed police.
Sub-divisional magistrate Santosh Tagore, the hospital staff and a police team reached the spot. Rescue operations to feed Ayush and to recover him started after around two hours. Tagore asked the Ujjain-Nagda road contractor to send machines that could be used as cranes.
The boy was stuck at a point 38 feet deep (the depth of the well is 60 feet) and the doctors arranged for oxygen through a pipe. Biscuits were dropped through a rope and a mike was sent down, enabling officials and Ayush’s family members to hear the boy’s voice.
Work to dig a parallel pit near the well began, continuing through the night. After that, efforts began to reach Ayush through a tunnel and in the afternoon, he was in his father’s lap.
He was then taken to hospital for a checkup.