A 10-year-old Vietnamese boy died after falling into a 115ft concrete hole

Vietnamese authorities announced on Wednesday that the 10-year-old boy had been stuck in a concrete hole 115 feet deep since his death on New Year’s Eve, according to reports.

The boy, identified as Thai Ly Hao Nam, was first heard screaming for help when he slipped down a 10-inch-diameter shaft at a bridge construction site in Dong Thap province Saturday morning as he was scrapping with friends.

Although oxygen was pumped into the hole amid efforts to reach it, the boy stopped interacting with rescuers on Monday. Crews lowered a camera in an attempt to pinpoint its location.

The BBC reported on Wednesday that the boy was cut as rescuers tried to lift the pillar.

VIETNAM RESCUERS RACE TO RESCUE BOY TRAPPED IN 115FT CONCRETE HOLE SINCE NEW YEAR

Doan Tan Buu, vice chairman of the people's committee of Dong Thap province, speaks to media in Dong Thap province on January 4, 2023, upon news of the death of a boy trapped in a deep well on A construction site.

Doan Tan Buu, vice chairman of the people’s committee of Dong Thap province, speaks to media in Dong Thap province on January 4, 2023, upon news of the death of a boy trapped in a deep well on A construction site.
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Doan Tan Buu, deputy chief of Vietnam’s southern province, also said there was not enough oxygen to reach the 10-year-old, who had already suffered multiple injuries.

“We had prioritized rescuing the boy. However, the conditions mean it is impossible for the boy to have survived,” he said.

Rescuers look at the site where a 10-year-old boy is believed to be trapped in a 35-meter-deep shaft at a bridge construction site in Vietnam's Dong Thap province on January 2, 2023.

Rescuers look at the site where a 10-year-old boy is believed to be trapped in a 35-meter-deep shaft at a bridge construction site in Vietnam’s Dong Thap province on January 2, 2023.
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The official said he consulted medical experts before declaring the boy dead on Wednesday, but crews would still work to recover the 10-year-old’s body as soon as possible for a proper burial, AFP reported. . The official added that it would be a “very difficult task”.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Monday asked federal rescuers to join local authorities’ efforts to rescue the boy, AFP reported.

Hundreds of rescuers in Vietnam worked on January 2, 2023 to free a 10-year-old boy who fell into a 35-meter hole at a construction site two days earlier.

Hundreds of rescuers in Vietnam worked on January 2, 2023 to free a 10-year-old boy who fell into a 35-meter hole at a construction site two days earlier.
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Hundreds of military and engineering experts were mobilized on Tuesday to try to save him, according to the BBC. Crews tried to drill to soften the ground surrounding the pillar in an attempt to push the pillar out of the ground upwards. They also lowered a 62ft pipe to try and remove mud and water to ease the pressure around the pillar.

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