Body of Spanish toddler found in 110-meter-deep borehole after 13-day rescue mission
Hundreds of people have been working round-the-clock in the southern province of Málaga during the unprecedented rescue mission. The discovery of the boy’s body was finally confirmed in the early hours of Saturday morning by the central government's representative.
"Unfortunately at 1:25 am the rescue team reached the spot where they were looking for Julen and found the lifeless body of the little one,” wrote Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis on Twitter.
Desgraciadamente A la 1.25 horas de esta madrugada, los equipos de rescate han accedido al punto del pozo donde se buscaba a Julen y han localizado el cuerpo sin vida del pequeño. Se ha activado la comisión judicial. Mis condolencias y pésame a la familia. DEP— Alfonso R GómezCelis (@gomezdcelis) January 26, 2019
Shortly after the news broke a hearse arrived at the site to take the boy’s body to a local funeral home.
The rescue effort was constantly thwarted by the difficult terrain, including a plug of earth around 70 meters down – his presence in the well was confirmed by hair samples matching his DNA and a packet of sweets he had been carrying at the time of the fall.
Specialist miners eventually sent down a parallel tunnel to break through into the borehole where they discovered the young lifeless body.
Julen fell down the 110-meter-deep illegal borehole while playing on the land of a relative. The alarm was raised by two passing hikers who heard the screams of the family after they realised what had happened. It had been dug in search of water but was not covered up properly.
This isn’t the first time Julen’s parents, José Roselló and Victoria García, have endured a tragedy of this magnitude. In 2017 they lost their other son Óliver, when he was three years old after he suddenly had a heart attack while the family were at a beach.
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