3-yr-old girl rescued from borewell, dies in hospital

R Madhumita, stuck at around 28-30 ft of the 500-foot borewell at Pallagaseri village since Saturday.

By: Press Trust of India | Villupuram | Updated: April 6, 2014 11:34 pm

After a 19-hour struggle, a three-year old girl who fell into an abandoned borewell in the district was Sunday rescued, but later died in hospital.

R Madhumita, stuck at around 28-30 ft of the 500-foot borewell at Pallagaseri village since Saturday, was pulled out around 3 am and taken to Kallakurichi Government General Hospital, the police said. After nearly an hour-long effort to save her, doctors declared her dead.

“The child was in a state of coma when brought to the hospital… Affected by lack of oxygen for long hours,” hospital Superintendent Dr Udayakumar said.

The girl, who was playing in a field owned by her father, fell into the borewell around 8 am Saturday as polythene sacks covering it gave away when she stepped on it. Police, fire and rescue teams began rescue efforts, which included supplying oxygen into the borewell and digging a pit parallel to it.

The incident exposes yet another failure to enforce the 2010 SC guidelines on safety measures while digging borewells.


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