The rescue operation for little Rayan, 5, stranded since Tuesday at the bottom of a well 32 m deep, in the village of Ighrane, in the commune of Tamorot in the province of Chefchaouen, continues this Saturday.
Moroccans are holding their breath this Saturday morning waiting to see little Rayan come out safe and sound with the rescuers. According to several media sources, there are less than 1.80 meters to reach the bottom of the well where the 5-year-old boy is.
According to the latest data communicated to journalists on site, the end of the operation is expected around 4:00 p.m., if “everything goes as planned”. Information confirmed by Abdelhadi Temrani, member of the rescue operation monitoring committee, interviewed in the 1:00 p.m. news of the national television channel Al Aoula.
“The Ryan kid is lying on his side, it’s hard to see how he’s doing. But we remain hopeful about his state of health, ”added the official.
“The rescue operation is entering its decisive phase,” said a tweet from the national television channel 2M published around noon.
The operation was suspended for nearly four hours as rescuers ran into a “layer of hard rock that is slowing their progress”.
Faced with the crowd present on the spot, including many sympathizers who came to support the relatives of the little boy, the authorities installed barriers around the scene, as shown in the image below.
Engaged in an increasingly urgent race against time, the rescuers worked all night from Friday to Saturday to try to save little Rayan, the five-year-old child who fell into a deep well five days ago, whose fate moves the kingdom and far beyond.
According to the local authorities, the rescuers – engineers and topographers – dug a three-meter horizontal tunnel, in parallel with the securing of the perimeter by the technical teams, to approach the pocket where the child is stuck.
The last two meters to reach the boy at the bottom of the 32-meter hole are the most difficult because of the risk of rockslides.
No information has filtered on the fate of little Rayan, but the more the hours go by, the more doubt settles on the chances of finding him alive.