Hopes fading for boy stuck in deep narrow Vietnam shaft

HO CHI MINH CITY, 4 Jan 2023:

Vietnamese army personnel have joined rescue teams to help in an operation to rescue a 10-year-old boy who has been trapped for three days inside a 35m-deep shaft of a concrete pile, local media reported yesterday.

Thai Ly Hao Nam fell into the narrow hole when he went with neighbours to collect metal from a bridge construction site in the southern Dong Thap province.

Vietnam’s prime minister Pham Minh Chinh has said all necessary resources would be mobilised to save the boy, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The rescue operation, which on Monday afternoon was reinforced by army soldiers, was focusing on removing the soil from around the concrete pile.

Images from the scene show dozens of rescue workers and heavy machinery being used to remove earth from around the pile.

Construction security cameras capture the moment when the boy suddenly disappears from view after he fell into the hole while walking on the uneven ground in the area, according to the video released by VnExpress.

Since the accident occurred before noon on Saturday, dozens of police and firefighters have been trying to pump oxygen into the shaft as well as sending him water, although he has reportedly stopped responding to resume workers.