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Five-year-old Moroccan boy rescued after four days trapped in well

A five-year-old boy who spent four days trapped in a 32m (105ft) deep well has been rescued.

Footage from the scene in northern Morocco showed rescue workers emerging from a tunnel carrying the boy.

It is not known what condition he is in.

Rescue workers in northern Morocco had been digging around the clock to rescue the boy, named Rayan, after he fell down the well on Tuesday night.


Search crews used five bulldozers to dig a vertical hole parallel to the one he was in before moving horizontally to reach the trapped child.

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‘Save my son’: Mother’s plea to crew

Efforts had to be temporarily paused on Friday over concerns that the ground surrounding the well could collapse.

On social media, thousands have expressed sympathy for the boy, with the hashtag #SaveRayan trending on Twitter for hours across the country.

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His mother, Wassima Kharchich, previously told local media: “I pray and beg God that he comes out of that well alive and safe.

“Please God, ease my pain and his, in that hole of dust.”

Civil defense and local authorities dig in a hill as they attempt to rescue a 5 year old boy who fell into a hole near the town of Bab Berred near Chefchaouen, Morocco, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo)
Civil defense and local authorities dig had been working to rescue the boy. Pic: AP

Initially, workers had been able to provide him with oxygen and water using a rope, but the narrow diameter of the hole caused problems.

Medical staff were on site from the start of the rescue, with a helicopter on standby to transport Rayan to the nearest hospital.


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