- Army, police & others magically rescued a 18-month-old boy from borewell in Surendranagar district
- On June 7, Shivam fell into the borewell and got trapped at a depth of 20-25 feet
- The rescue operation was completed in 40 minutes, an official said
The presence of mind and swift action by a team of the Indian Army officers saved the life of a one-and-a-half-year-old kid, who accidentally fell inside a borewell in Gujarat's Surendranagar district late on Tuesday. The fire brigade, police and health officials were also present during the rescue operation, which continued till late at night.
When did the incident occur
The incident took place at around 8 pm on Tuesday (June 7) when the boy, Shivam, was playing at a farm in Dudapur village, where his parents worked as labourers. He fell into the borewell and got trapped at a depth of 20-25 feet, said MP Patel, a Dhrangadhra administration official.
According to sources, the district administration officials had alerted the local disaster management cell and a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) based in Ahmedabad, which is nearly 100km from the area.
Joint efforts of Army, police & Municipal Corporation
The local administration also sought the help of the Army, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and police. A joint team of Army, police, district administration staffers and villagers then rushed to the spot and worked in coordination to pull out the child around 10:45 pm, the official said.
The boy was then taken to a government hospital in Dhrangadhra town, from where he was referred to the district civil hospital for further treatment, the offical said, adding the child's condition is stable.
"The rescue operation was completed in 40 minutes after the Army, police and other officials reached the spot," he said.
The team ingeniously modified a metallic hook and tied it to manila rope and sent it down the borewell. After a while, the team managed to get the hook entangled with the T-shirt of the child. He was then slowly pulled out of the borewell.