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Yulen Garcia had a picnic with his parents Vicky and Jose on the hillside of Totola, Spain near Malaga, on Sunday when he went away and fell into the uncovered hole, which is only 10 inches wide.
Rescue teams could only send a 200-meter-long robot camera into the hole until it became too tight to go further, where they saw a bag of sweets that the toddler wore but did not see. He was reportedly shouting as he plunged down the well, but has not been heard since.
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. Rescuers are trying to dig an adjacent tunnel that will be bridged far enough According to Maria Gamz, a government official from Málaga, the young boy is to be brought downstairs. The effort is said to be incredibly difficult because they do not want to risk jeopardizing the structure of the well and causing a mudslide.
"No one is technically prepared to rescue someone from such a tight hole, but the technology is there to get as close and deep as this, and everything is being considered," Gámez said, according to The Guardian. "It's not just about getting down there, but also keeping the hole open for the salvation to happen," she continued.
Efforts continue against the clock because the boy has been under water for 48 hours. Rescuers fear that Yulen might be stuck in the sand and water at the bottom of the well, as deep as the Statue of Liberty is large. There is no indication as to whether he is still alive or not.
Yulin's desperate parents have reportedly been treated by trauma psychologists as they await their son's fate at the well.
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Bernardo Molto, a spokesman for the Malaga-Guardach Rescue efforts.
"So far we have been able to drill something into this blockade," he said. "We will try to clean the earth with a truck engine and dig a parallel tunnel, but to do that we need to support the shaft to reach the boy."
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TO BE RECEIVED, Spanish officials have reportedly requested help from the US construction technology company Caterpillar.