Effort to rescue Moroccan boy stuck in well reaches ‘final stages’

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Effort to rescue Moroccan boy stuck in well reaches 'final stages'

A large team of Moroccan workers was in the “final stages” of a precarious mission to rescue a 5-year-old boy named Rayan from a 105-foot deep well that he had been trapped in since Tuesday.

Vertical digging efforts had given way to a cautious operation to bore a parallel route between the newly drilled deep hole and the well where Rayan was still stuck Friday night, according to French-language local outlet Le360.

Workers were bulldozing cautiously to avoid soil erosion, landslides and falling rocks as they tried to reach the boy. The teams could not descend directly into the well because it was too narrow, the report said.

Rescuers had made contact with Rayan and gave him oxygen and water through the slim opening on Thursday. The boy was bloodied and breathing heavily, according to footage from a camera that workers had lowered into the well.

As the frantic rescue effort reached its fourth day, the North African nation was reportedly riveted to live coverage of the rescue effort in the rural village of Ighran, about 75 miles southeast of the Straight of Gibraltar, as the hashtag #FreeRayan spread on Twitter in Morocco, Algeria and France.

Moroccan emergency services teams work on the rescue of five-year-old boy Rayan from a well shaft he fell into on February 1, in the remote village of Ighrane in the rural northern province of Chefchaouen on February 4, 2022.
Workers have carefully dug around the narrow well to avoid any landslides on 5-year-old Rayan.
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Residents watch in concern as civil defense and local authorities attempting to rescue a 5 year old boy who fell into a hole near the town of Bab Berred near Chefchaouen, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 in Paris.
The nationwide effort to rescue Rayan has captivated Morocco, France and several African countries.
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Rayan fell into his family’s well on Tuesday afternoon when he accompanied his father on a repair job.

“Rayan was next to me. At one point he fell. I didn’t realize it,” father Khalid Agoram told Le360.

“We alerted the authorities and all the inhabitants came to support us. Everyone is doing their best so that he comes out alive and that we can take him in our arms by the end of the day. But I do not hide from you that me and his mother are shot and very worried.”

Civil defense workers and local authorities attempt to rescue a 5 year old boy who fell into a hole near the town of Bab Berred near Chefchaouen, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 in Ighran.
Rayan has been stuck at the bottom of a well for four days.
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Medical staff were on site to attend to the boy, as a helicopter on standby to transport him to a hospital as supporters reportedly flooded the scene to provide encouragement and food to Rayan’s family and rescue workers.

With Post wires

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