The rescue team faced multiple challenges delaying horizontal drilling through 57 metres of collapsed rubble that had trapped the workers.
Devender, a rescuer who only gave his first name, told NDTV that “the trapped workers were overjoyed when they spotted us in the tunnel. Some rushed toward me and hugged me.”
A staff, sitting in the cage entered the well and tied the mouth of the crocodile. "Though we managed to pump out water completely around 10 pm, the reptile entered the cage only at 11 pm.”
Addressing the 41 rescued workers, Modi said their courage and patience have inspired everyone as he wished them good health and well-being.
Asked by reporters, NHIDCL managing director Mahmood Ahmed did not immediately confirm the development but said the last section of the escape pipe was being pushed through the drilled passage.
Manjeet, 22 years old, has been trapped in the Silkyara Tunnel since November 12. He is one of the 41 workers trapped inside the Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi.
Uttarakhand tunnel tragedy: Manual drilling to be initiated to rescue labourers trapped since Nov 12
The ongoing operation to rescue workers, who were trapped after a portion of the tunnel collapsed on November 12, entered its 14th day on Saturday.
The NDRF men will go in through the pipe and once they reach the workers, they will use their equipment to start sending them out of the tunnel one by one.
Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Hopes of evacuating workers brighten as rescue operation enters 10th day
On the tenth day of the rescue operation, all the stranded labourers appeared to be healthy and safe.
Another auger machine airlifted by the IAF; help of experts in Thailand, Norway sought
Four civilian vessels were ordered to provide assistance while three coast guard boats were heading to the area, south of the Peloponnese region.
The incident occurred at Mhasobachi Wadi village in Indapur tehsil on Tuesday evening. According to officials, the well is 100-foot-deep with a diameter of 120 feet.
Locals said that a farmer in the village had abandoned the borewell after it didn't succeed. A borewell was dug at a different place for irrigation and the first one was left open, they revealed.
The landslide occurred around 11 pm on Wednesday at the tribal village, situated on a hill slope, under Khalapur tehsil of the coastal district, around 80 km from Mumbai.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann appealed to people not to panic as heavy rains caused flooding at some places in the state.
Maharajan, a native of Parvathipuram, who has been staying at Venganoor for the last two decades, got trapped after soil slipped from the middle portion of the well by 9am.
Sea accidents are common in the Philippine archipelago because of frequent storms, badly maintained vessels, overcrowding and spotty enforcement of safety regulations, especially in remote provinces.