Tragedy in Gujarat: toddler dies in borewell despite 17-hour rescue effort

Arohi, from the Amlia family in Dahod, fell into the borewell while her family was working in a nearby paddy field.
Fire officials engaged in rescue operations in Gujarat's Amreli, after a child fell into an open borewell, the child tragically passed
Fire officials engaged in rescue operations in Gujarat's Amreli, after a child fell into an open borewell, the child tragically passedExpress

AHMEDABAD: A one-and-a-half-year-old girl tragically died after falling into an open borewell while playing on the outskirts of Surgapara village in Amreli, Gujarat. The incident took place on Friday afternoon.

Arohi, from the Amlia family in Dahod, fell into the borewell while her family was working in a nearby paddy field. Despite swift efforts by the Amreli fire department and 108 teams, who quickly arrived at the scene for rescue operations, the situation proved challenging. A camera inserted into the borehole revealed soil falling onto the girl's head, complicating rescue attempts. Even a robot deployed to assist failed to rescue her.

After 17 hours of intense efforts, rescue teams managed to pull out the child from the borewell. Tragically, despite their extensive efforts, she did not survive.

Fire Officer HC Garhvi stated that “The rescue operation lasted from 12:30 PM yesterday to 5:10 AM today. The fire department, NDRF, and police administration worked together in a joint operation to rescue the girl, who was finally extracted early this morning. She was taken to the Civil Hospital in Amreli for treatment, but unfortunately, doctors declared her brought dead.”

Amreli Collector Ajay Dahiya commented on the incident, stating, "Stones had been placed over the borewell where the incident occurred, but children had removed them. An Accidental Death (AD) report has been filed. Verbal instructions have been issued across the district, mandating that boreholes in rural areas be registered with the Gram Panchayat. Additionally, a verbal notification has been given. A meeting with the officers will be convened, and a formal order will be issued with notice."

Local reports indicated that the 108 team received a call at 12:46 PM yesterday and arrived at the location by 1:02 PM. When the first 108 team arrived, they could still hear the girl's voice. Shortly after, the fire emergency team arrived and immediately deployed cameras. By 1:30 PM, administrative officials had reached the scene and began supplying oxygen. The rescue operation continued for 17 hours.

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