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Spain: Rescuers lowered down shaft to reach trapped toddler

January 24, 2019
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In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, drill and excavating machinery work on top of the mountain next to a deep borehole to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped there for six days near the town of Totalan in Malaga, Spain. Spanish officials say rescuers are making slow progress in exceptionally difficult conditions to reach a 2-year-old boy who fell into a narrow, deep borehole in the countryside eight days ago. (Alex Zea/Europa Press via AP)

MADRID (AP) — Spanish mine rescue experts are being lowered down a deep shaft from where they hope to dig a tunnel to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped underground for 11 days.

Authorities have struggled to recover Julen Rosello after he fell down a narrow, 110-meter (360-foot) deep borehole in the southern Spanish countryside on Jan. 13.

The only sign of the toddler found inside the hole so far is hair that matched his DNA.

Officials said a purpose-built cage was used Thursday to take the miners down a shaft that has been drilled parallel to the borehole.

The rescuers estimate they will need up to 24 hours to dig the 4-meter (13-foot) tunnel to where they believe the boy is.

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