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Rescue teams in Spain appeared to be centimeters of stone late Friday from the place where a two-year-old boy was trapped underground after being dropped into a hole 12 days ago.
Julen Rosello rushed through the narrow, 110-meter-deep (360-foot) hole January 13, when his family prepared a country lunch on Sunday. His parents had another young son who died in 2017, reported the Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The tragic accident in the province of Málaga has hit the Spaniards from the first day and the country has every turn of an extremely complex and often disabled search and rescue mission.
The dry water hole, just 25 centimeters across, is too narrow for an adult to enter and block hard-boiled soil and rocks that reach the ground two-thirds of the way Julen is believed to be
] Officials have tried to create alternative ways to the toddler. A series of small explosions fired since Thursday afternoon, including a fourth late Friday, helped the workers dig most of a 3.8 meter long horizontal tunnel into the cave.
The tunnel is about 70 meters deep and vertical In recent days, a shaft had to be drilled to move miners and rescue experts up and down during meticulous engineering work.
Jorge Martin, a spokesman for the Civil Guard of Málaga Province, said the latest controlled explosion must be completed the last 45 centimeters.
"This controlled micro-explosion must be extremely precise due to its proximity to the location where Julen is allegedly located," Martin told reporters on the ground.
The toddler's only sign was that while the hair fits his DNA, the officials have refused to comment on whether he could have survived that long.
In one of the few media interviews given by the child's parents, Father Jose Rosello said the family was a "broken heart." After a long wait but on "a miracle."
El Pais reported that the couple had lost Julen's older brother Oliver when the 3-year-old suffered a heart attack two years ago on a beach walk. 1