Four days after a 10-year-old boy fell into a 35-meter-deep concrete pipe in Vietnam, rescue operations continue. The emergency services have to deal with new problems because of the difficult terrain and the extremely complicated circumstances of the rescue work, said Doan Tan Buu, a spokesman for the provincial administration of Dong Thap, the German Press Agency.
"We believe rescuers will pull the concrete pillar out of the ground today, but we don't expect good news for the boy." A camera previously lowered into the pipe had shown no sign of life from the child.
Little Nam fell into the pipe on Saturday at a construction site for a new bridge. It is only about 25 centimeters in diameter. Authorities said no one thought a ten-year-old could be trapped so deep in the tube. The military also participated in the rescue work. With special equipment, the rescuers tried to loosen the earth around the pipe in order to be able to pull it up with a crane.