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Firm called in to help search for Spanish boy, two, who fell down well 

A Swedish firm which helped locate 33 trapped Chilean miners seven years ago has agreed to help in the search for a two-year-old Spanish boy who fell down a well.

Stockholm Precision Tools AB (SPT) has become the latest private sector firm to be called upon in the ongoing bid to reach little Julen who fell 350-ft through a 15-inch wide hole.

A spokesman for the firm, which rescued the miners after they spent 69 days underground, confirmed it had agreed to help out but said she could not offer any more details at this stage. 

This photo posted by local firefighters show the small 15in-wide hole Julen fell down on Sunday afternoon

A massive operation has been launched to locate and rescue Julen who fell on Spain’s Costa del Sol on Sunday. 

Police said they had yet to find any sign of the youngster – bar a packet of sweets and a plastic cup in a blockage nearly 250ft down the tiny hole.

But officers insisted they would continue to search for him round-the-clock in the hope of finding and saving him.

SPT said after the 2010 rescue of the miners how an SPT North-Seeking Gyroscope Survey instrument had made it possible to find the men alive after 17 days trapped underground at the San Jose copper-gold mine near Copiapo in the Atacama Desert.

Felipe Matthews Rojas, manager of SPT’s customer company Geoatacama Consultores Ltd, which was involved in the survey operations in Chile, is quoted on its website as saying: ‘Had it not been for the exceptional precision of SPT equipment, it would not have been impossible to end the 33 trapped miners.

A team of technicians from the multinational is understood to have joined rescuers trying to reach Julen yesterday.

It was not immediately clear whether the equipment used in the Chile rescue, which became the subject of a Hollywood film starring Antonio Banderas, would be employed.

Civil Guard officers searching for Julen announced on Tuesday that a team of miners were flying to Malaga from Asturias in northern Spain.

They will be given the job of excavating by hand the last part of a horizontal tunnel that is being dug out to help rescuers reach the spot where they think Julen is trapped. 

Specialist machinery has been brought in to ‘suck’ away the earth preventing emergency service responders from confirming Julen is beneath the blockage – thought to have been caused by a mini-landslide as he fell – and is still alive. 

Mission: More than 100 firefighters and emergency workers in southern Spain are searching for the two-year-old

Mission: More than 100 firefighters and emergency workers in southern Spain are searching for the two-year-old

The boy's distraught mother, Vicky Garcia, waited anxiously for an update at the scene on Monday

The boy’s distraught mother, Vicky Garcia, waited anxiously for an update at the scene on Monday

This photo posted by local firefighters show the small 15in-wide hole Julen fell down on Sunday afternoon

This photo posted by local firefighters show the small 15in-wide hole Julen fell down on Sunday afternoon

Overnight private sector experts began to install tubing in the uncased shaft on land near Totalan, a 30-minute drive north-east of Malaga, to prevent it collapsing.

Officials admitted Julen’s condition was unknown, with his loved ones clinging to the hope there was water and a pocket of air at the bottom of the well which could be keeping him alive despite a fall which has been described as the equivalent of 30 floors.

The youngster’s parents, whose three-year-old son Oliver died in May 2017 after suffering a heart attack, continued to pray for a miracle from a tent at the scene where they have spent the past 40 hours since their son vanished. 

A massive rescue team are at the well with specialist equipment to 'suck' earth out of the well to reveal whether the boy is trapped underneath

A massive rescue team are at the well with specialist equipment to ‘suck’ earth out of the well to reveal whether the boy is trapped underneath

Tragedy: The two-year-old boy fell down the deep well on a countryside property in Malaga, Spain's Costa del Sol, while his parents were having lunch nearby

Tragedy: The two-year-old boy fell down the deep well on a countryside property in Malaga, Spain’s Costa del Sol, while his parents were having lunch nearby

Julen’s fast food restaurant worker mother Vicky Garcia and his jobless father, named locally as Jose Rosello, spoke to police after they raised the alarm around 2pm on Sunday.

They told officers that he had fallen down the well shaft as they prepared a paella with friends during a family day out in the countryside.

The youngster’s grandmother Reme Garcia said she was confiding in his dead elder brother to protect him from Heaven in an emotional outpouring of grief.

She wrote on social media in a heart-wrenching message to Oliver: ‘Today all I ask is that your brother comes out now. He needs you.

‘Oliver, don’t forget your brother Julen. You know we’ve been waiting for him for many hours. I know you protect him a lot, my little King.’ 

Early this morning in another post alongside a picture of a baby asleep in the arms of an adult, she added: ‘If it’s true that there’s a God up there, help him please. Hold on Julen.’ 

She also joined the little boy’s mum in criticising an expert well-digger who claimed yesterday it was ‘almost impossible’ the youngster was in the well.

Family members console each other yesterday as the rescue team worked round the clock to find the child

Family members console each other yesterday as the rescue team worked round the clock to find the child

Francisco Barranquero, owner of a Malaga-based prospection firm, appeared to cast doubt on his parents’ version of events by telling a Spanish news website: ‘I think it’s very unlikely that little boy is there. Almost impossible. Either that or the search is not being done properly.’

Insisting the shaft would not consist of a completely vertical drop and would include small deviations, he added: ‘I’ve managed to recover hammers that have fallen down such small holes.

‘Is it possible that a baby wouldn’t end up getting stuck and might have reached the bottom? I say that’s very difficult.’ 

Mission: More than 100 firefighters and emergency workers in southern Spain are searching for the two-year-old 

Mission: More than 100 firefighters and emergency workers in southern Spain are searching for the two-year-old 

Julen’s angry grandmother raged: ‘What s##t are you saying about my grandson? You have no feelings. All I ask is that you don’t go to the spot where my daughter and family are.’ 

The youngster’s mother took time out of her 24/7 vigil near the spot where the boy was last seen to repeat what they had told police about hearing the boy cry when he first fell by adding: ‘Shut up Francisco. You are the least appropriate person to be speaking about this.

‘I heard my son cry and his father was talking to him and he heard him and cried again and now we can’t hear him anymore.’ 

Police have insisted their efforts are ‘100 per cent’ focused on trying to locate and rescue Julen in the well, despite claims by Spanish news website El Confidencial Civil Guard investigators were working on a reconstruction of his fall ‘to contemplate all options.’ 

This morning’s work was geared towards continuing to try to remove the blockage 250ft down the well while shoring up the shaft.

It is not clear if there is water at the bottom of the hole, which was reportedly created last December by prospectors

It is not clear if there is water at the bottom of the hole, which was reportedly created last December by prospectors

Two other options have also been considered, although neither has yet been launched.

One involves creating another wider hole running parallel to the existing well which would be made slighter deeper and link to the first hole in a U-bend.

The other involves excavating a horizontal tunnel an adult could fit into through the hillside to the spot where rescuers hope to eventually locate Julen.

Officials have admitted both options could take at least two days to complete – and they ideally need to discover exactly where the youngster is first.

Local reports have pointed to the land where the drama is unfolding being owned by relatives of the missing boy – with one saying an uncle made the hole to look for water in another tragic twist to the ongoing incident.

Experts have said it is normal for prospections of this kind to take place – but the holes have to be covered up afterwards if nothing is found with a large stone which is usually sealed hermetically to stop anyone from removing it and avoid accidents like Sunday’s.

More than 100 people including police, firefighters, Civil Protection workers and private sector experts are involved in the search operation.  

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