Explosives used in search for two-year-old boy trapped in well in Malaga | World News

Rescuers searching for a two-year-old boy who fell down a narrow well in Malaga have started using explosives in a bid to access the narrow space where he is thought to be trapped.

Julen Rosello fell into the hole almost two weeks ago, having walked away from his parents while playing in a mountainous area near the town of Totalan, just northeast of the coastal city.

More than 100 emergency workers were scrambled to find the toddler, but they have been unable to access the hole in the ground, which is no wider than 25cm (10in) and is believed to go down more than 100m (330ft).

The rescue operation has been ongoing for almost a fortnight
The rescue operation has been ongoing for almost a fortnight

Drilling began at the weekend in the hope that tunnels could be created to reach the youngster, but crews there have now had to resort to explosives to get through a four metre wall of hard rock.

Twelve days after he vanished, so far the only sign of Julen has been several strands of his hair and a bag of sweets that he was carrying when he went missing.

While there has been no sign that Julen is alive, the rescue effort will continue to work on the basis that he is.

Locals have put up a banner reading 'Julen, Totalen is with you'
Locals have put up a banner reading ‘be strong Julen, Totalan is with you’

Officials have refused to comment on whether the boy could have survived the fall.

Local residents have also been holding vigils for the youngster in support of his parents, who Spanish media said have already endured the heartache of losing a child.

It has been reported that their three-year-old son died suddenly of health problems on a beach in 2017.

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