Hard terrain slows rescue of Spanish boy

Rescuers are attempting to reach a Spanish boy, 2, who has been trapped for a week in a borehole.
Rescuers are attempting to reach a Spanish boy, 2, who has been trapped for a week in a borehole.

Rescuers in southern Spain say the frantic effort to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole seven days ago has again been slowed by difficult terrain.

A drill used to create a vertical shaft parallel to the waterhole has hit a rocky patch, provincial authorities said on Sunday.

There has been no contact made with Julen Rosello, who fell into the 110-metre shaft on Sunday in the countryside northeast of Malaga.

Experts are hoping to reach the boy by digging a horizontal tunnel to the spot where they believe he is trapped.

Rescuers hope to find him at a depth of 72m, where a soil blockage has hampered efforts to save him.

Australian Associated Press