Rescue teams in southern Spain have begun drilling, hoping to rescue a two-year-old boy trapped in a deep well for six days.
The mission to save the child has sparked popular support as a challenge to bring heavy equipment over steep access roads and safely reach the toddler.
"We are incredibly motivated to reach him as soon as possible. The hours, tiredness or lack of sleep do not bother us, "said Ángel Vidal, Senior Engineer in charge of the rescue, on Saturday.
" We hope to reach him and bring him as soon as possible back to his parents, "he added.
The boy, Julen Roselló, fell into the 25 cm wide and 100 m deep hole when his family passed through a private estate in Totalan, Málaga.
The officials were unable to find any signs of life, but say they work on the basis that the child is still alive. Video footage shot by firefighters and recorded by Spanish channel Canal Sur shows a blockade of about 70 meters in the wells that forces rescue workers from sending food or water to the child. The first holes for the first of the two tunnels to reach the boy began at 3 pm local time and will take approximately 15 hours.
Once the first tunnel is completed, rescuers will begin work to build a second shorter tunnel to reach the area where the boy is locked up, which will take another 20 hours for Julen and his support Family.
Spanish media reports that the boy's parents suffered another tragedy in 2017 when their three-year-old son died of health problems as he walked along the beach.
. Totalan is with you, "read a handmade banner hung on the roadside near the rescue center.
"We have incredibly difficult hours for relatives, friends and neighbors (the family) and we would like to send our support to them at this moment," government spokeswoman Isabel Celaá said in a press conference on Friday.