After 13 days, emergency rescue crews reached Julen Rosello, a young boy who fell into a 350-feet well while out have a picnic with his family earlier this month in Spain. The little boy was sadly found deceased.
New Straits Times reports that although hundreds of professionals worked non-stop while trying to reach 2-year-old Julen for nearly two weeks, the rough terrain and layers of earth in Totalan, Spain, made it difficult to reach him, as they faced one obstacle after another.
“Unfortunately at 1:25 a.m. this morning, the rescue team accessed the point where they were looking for Julen and found the lifeless body of the child,” region of Andalusia, Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis, the Andalusia central government’s representative wrote on Twitter.
VIDEO: The Spanish city of Malaga holds a minute's silence in tribute to Julen Rosello. The two-year-old boy had fallen into a narrow and deep well on 13 January and was found dead on overnight, a tragic end to an intense 13-day rescue operation pic.twitter.com/iRV0OJVGlQ
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 26, 2019
As CrimeOnline previously reported, as miners prepared to lower themselves last week into a newly-created vertical tunnel that runs parallel to the narrow borehole that Julen fell into, they discovered the vertical tunnel’s casing was not wide enough. Experts who drilled the 229-feet vertical tunnel had to widen it, which added additional days onto the rescue effort.
“There were technical problems involved in putting tubes in the shaft beyond a depth of 131,” a Malaga government spokesman said.
Specialized miners who had been preparing to embark down the tunnel in hopes of pulling the boy out had to wait for the widening is complete. Once they reached the bottom of the tunnel, they had to dig around 13-feet through sand, stones, and dirt, before they reached the little boy.
Local media in the area reported spotting a hearse arriving in the area shortly after news broke that Julen had been found deceased. Psychologists arrived to assist Julen’s parents, who already lost a child in in 2017 to congenital heart defect complications.
An autopsy has been planned for the boy, as well as an investigation into the matter, including the circumstances behind the illegally-dug, unmarked well.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Julen Rosello/Handout]