In the morning hours of Saturday morning, a gigantic search and rescue operation in Spain came to a tragic end when the workers discovered the body of Julen Rosello, a two-year-old boy who lost more than two weeks almost two weeks ago 30 stories had fallen into a tight hole.
"At 1:25, Julen was found dead. Unfortunately, "said Alfonso Rodríguez, a government representative in Andalusia, who later told the reporters with tears full of eyes as he disclosed details of the discovery.
Julen was found by two miners and a civilian civil officer on duty. The toddler's body was taken out of the hole at four in the morning, Rodriguez said.
Julen's fate had fascinated the country since Jan. 13, when he slid into a narrow, unmarked hole – 15 inches at its widest point was located in Totalan, a small town on the south coast of Spain, for a possible well on one Private property drilled. The tragedy occurred when his parents, José Rosello and Vicky García, prepared for a paella picnic.
The boy's parents later said they heard Julen's screams as he fell into a dark hole that was probably 360 feet deep
Then there was nothing but agonizing silence.
Thirteen days elapsed, filled with hope, but increasingly filled with fear. A team of rescue workers – including experts who had previously helped retrieve trapped miners – drilled around the clock on a separate vertical tunnel parallel to the borehole. Initial attempts to drill into the earth were hampered by difficult terrain, bad weather and above all time.
The ensuing mission was billed as unprecedented – which engineers reportedly took a month to complete was shortened to a few days.
Late Thursday afternoon, after the workers dug the parallel tunnel. From about 230 feet, they began to drill horizontally to try to reach where Julen was believed to be trapped, El Pais reported.
"The entire planning of the operation that was urgently carried out and all the work that was done was based on a theory: that Julen was in the borehole," Rodriguez told the newspaper on Saturday. "That he was in the depth where he was finally found. We worked with urgency, but also with delicacy. Because the goal was to reach him without harming him.
A video released by the Guardia Civil showed that miners drilled horizontally into seemingly solid rock, blasting out small pieces at a time.
"inch by inch," wrote the agency.
Even so, it was too late.
Julen's body awaits an autopsy, "Rodriguez told reporters. There were few conclusive details, but he pointed out that Julen had quickly reached his final resting place.
"The position of the body determines that it was a fast free fall until [233 feet] where it was found." He said, to El Pais.
Rodriguez said that a judge in the nearby city of Malaga should be responsible for investigating who should be held responsible for Julen's death, and warned that his autopsy results could not be released before this investigation finished.
Both the borehole and the rescue tunnels would be filled.
On Saturday, dozens of Spanish officials watched a moment of silence in front of Malaga City Hall for Julen.
"The whole of Spain feels the infinite sadness of Julen's family," tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday . their grief-stricken faces were seen in a graveyard on Saturday morning, hours after their son's body was discovered.
Throughout the ordeal, the boy's parents had tried to hope against the hope that Julen would be found alive, which often refers to a child Angel who watches over her – her first son Oliver, who is at the age of 3 Years ago and suddenly died of an alleged congenital heart defect.
"Oliver, do not forget your brother, Julen," his mother wrote briefly in social media after Julian's case, Express. "You know, we've been waiting for him for many hours. I know you protect him very much, my little king.
Later, she posted another picture of a sleeping baby: "If it's true there's a god up there," she wrote, "please help him. " Julen's parents arrive at the cemetery in Malaga (Spain) on January 26th. (Gregorio Marrero / AP)
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed to this report.
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