Race against time to rescue a terrified nine-year-old Afghan boy who spent two days trapped in a 33-foot-deep well.

Race against time to rescue a terrified nine-year-old Afghan boy who spent two days trapped in a 33-foot-deep well.

Race against time to save a terrified Afghan boy, nine years old, stuck in a well 33 feet deep – weeks after a similar attempt to rescue five-year-old Ryan ended in tragedy in Morocco.

  • A nine-year-old boy named Haidar spent two days trapped in a well.
  • Rescuers dig in the ground as they try to reach a boy in southern Afghanistan.
  • The operation comes two weeks after a similar attempt to rescue five-year-old Ryan Avram from a Moroccan well ended up being found dead.

Rescuers race against time to rescue a terrified nine-year-old Afghan boy trapped in a well 33 feet deep for two days.

A boy, locally known as Haydar, was stuck in a well and rescuers were digging to reach the boy in Shokok village, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

The operation comes just two weeks after a similar attempt to rescue five-year-old Ryan Avram from a Moroccan well ended in tragedy: a young boy was found dead after spending four days trapped more than 100 feet underground.

A video posted on social media, including by officials from Afghanistan’s new Taliban government, shows Haidar stuck in a well and able to move his arms and upper body. In the footage, you can hear the boy crying.

The boy, whom the locals call Haidar, got stuck in a well. The boy, whom the locals call Haidar, got stuck in a well.

A boy, locally known as Haydar, was stuck in a well and rescuers were digging to reach the boy in Shokok village, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

Rescuers were digging the ground trying to find a boy in the village of Shokok, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan. Rescuers were digging the ground trying to find a boy in the village of Shokok, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

Rescuers were digging the ground trying to find a boy in the village of Shokok, Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

Are you okay, my son? in the video, his father can be heard speaking. “Talk to me and don’t cry, we’re working to get you out.”

“Okay, I’ll talk,” the boy replies in a plaintive voice.

The video was taken by rescuers lowering a camera into a narrow well on a rope.

Local officials said the boy was stuck about 33 feet deep in an 82-foot shaft.

“A team is there with an ambulance, oxygen and other essentials,” Abdullah Azzam, secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Abdulgani Barada, tweeted.

Rescuers were digging an open trench at an angle to the surface, trying to get to where the boy was stuck.

Rescuers were digging a trench with an open slot at an angle to the surface to try and get to where the boy was stuck.

Rescuers were digging a trench with an open slot at an angle to the surface to try and get to where the boy was stuck.

Local officials said the boy was stuck about 33 feet deep in an 82-foot shaft.  In the picture: a digger at the site of the well, rescuers are trying to save a nine-year-old boy

Local officials said the boy was stuck about 33 feet deep in an 82-foot shaft. In the picture: a digger at the site of the well, rescuers are trying to save a nine-year-old boy

It appears to have been similar to what rescuers in Morocco were trying to do in early February when Ryan fell into a 105-foot (32-metre) well outside his home in the village of Ygran in the northern province of Chefchaouen.

After excavating vertically and then horizontally — at risk of a landslide — rescuers and resuscitators finally reached the boy four days later, giving a faint glimmer of optimism that he may have survived the ordeal.

But waiting for news about five-year-old Ryan ended in tragedy for his family after government officials confirmed the little boy was beyond resuscitation, adding that he died before rescuers could reach him.

The boy’s body was seen wrapped in a golden blanket after he exited a tunnel dug specifically for the rescue operation.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco offered his condolences to the Avram family and praised both the rescue teams and the local population for their valiant efforts last week. Messages of support have also been shared online as the #SaveRayan hashtag has gone viral on Twitter.

Tragedy: Little Ryan Avram, aged five, was found dead in early February after a four-day rescue operation to save him after he fell into a well.

Tragedy: Little Ryan Avram, aged five, was found dead in early February after a four-day rescue operation to save him after he fell into a well.

Dozens of people watch nervously as Ryan is transferred from the rescue site to the ambulance.

Dozens of people watch nervously as Ryan is transferred from the rescue site to the ambulance.

Case of “Baby Jessica” who fell into a well in Texas

Ryan’s ordeal in the well has been compared to the case of Jessica McClure Morales, known as Baby Jessica, who fell into a well in her aunt’s backyard in Midland, Texas in October 1987 at the age of 18 months.

Within 58 hours, rescuers successfully freed her from a 22-foot (6.7 meter) deep well.

As with Ryan, the rescuers decided to dig parallel to the well Jessica was living in because the well’s 8-inch (20 cm) diameter hole was too narrow for them to simply jump down and reach her. They then drilled another horizontal cross tunnel to get to her, but not without difficulty.

Rescuers found that the well was surrounded by rock and jackhammers of local oilmen and rescuers failed to break through it.

The horizontal tunnel was eventually created using waterjet cutting, an industrial tool that uses extremely high pressure of water and abrasive to cut through the rock.

Jessica was finally saved when paramedic Robert O’Donnell slowly made his way into the tunnel and pulled the little one out of her awkward position, pinned inside the well with one foot above her forehead.

When rescuers finally lifted her to the surface, she was covered in dirt and bruises, and her right palm was stuck to her face.

When the rescuers finally pulled her to the surface, little Jessica was covered in mud and bruises, and her right palm was stuck to her face.

When the rescuers finally pulled her to the surface, little Jessica was covered in mud and bruises, and her right palm was stuck to her face.

Baby Jessica Baby Jessica lost her toe due to gangrene

Jessica (left behind after being pulled out of the mine) also lost her toe due to gangrene because one foot was pinched over her head in an underground mine.

As with Ryan, the rescuers decided to dig parallel to the well Jessica was living in because the well's 8-inch (20 cm) diameter hole was too narrow for them to simply jump down and reach her.  They then drilled another horizontal cross tunnel to get to her, but not without difficulty.

As with Ryan, the rescuers decided to dig parallel to the well Jessica was living in because the well’s 8-inch (20 cm) diameter hole was too narrow for them to simply jump down and reach her. They then drilled another horizontal cross tunnel to get to her, but not without difficulty.

Jessica, now 35, has said in the past that she doesn’t remember much about being stuck in a pipe or the 15 surgeries that followed her ordeal.

However, the scar from her hairline to the bridge of her nose is still visible where her head rubbed against the wall of the well.

Jessica also lost her toe due to gangrene because one leg was pinched over her head in an underground mine.

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