Tuesday, May 17

Morocco. Rescue of little Rayan stuck in a well: the rescue operation enters a decisive phase

horizontal gap of 3 meters

They will start digging a 3-meter horizontal breach between the hole and the well to retrieve the child, MAP news agency reported.

This very delicate operation will last at least four hours.

Every minute counts and the greatest caution is required.

So a medical team was dispatched to the scene of the accident to “carry out the initial examinations and resuscitation interventions for the child once rescued”.

A gendarmerie helicopter is ready to evacuate the child to a nearby hospital.

The rescuers are supported by topographers also mobilized on site.

Rayan is much loved here in the village

The little boy accidentally fell into this narrow and difficult to access dry well on Tuesday, dug near the family residence

“In a moment of inattention, the little one fell into the well that I was repairing,” testified Rayan’s father.

“Rayan is very much loved here in the village, not just at home, I miss him, it’s been three nights,” said his septuagenarian grandmother Laaziza.

“Our hearts are with the family and we pray to God that he finds his loved ones as soon as possible,” said government spokesman Mustapha Baitas after the weekly government council.

Mobilized for more than 48 hours, the rescue teams could not descend directly into the well because “its diameter does not exceed 45 centimeters”, declared Abdelhabi Temrani, head of the rescue operation, on public television. Al Wow. The rescuers also thought “to widen the diameter of the well but it was not possible because of the nature of the earth which could lead to a landslide”, detailed the spokesperson for the executive.

The only solution: dig around the well to save the child whose survival has aroused enormous sympathy and solidarity on social networks, as far as neighboring and yet rival Algeria.

Very strong emotion in Morocco and Algeria

The direct broadcasts of several Moroccan media are followed minute by minute by hundreds of thousands of Internet users, hanging on to the fate of the child. The hashtag #sauvezrayan (in Arabic) is still one of the main trends on Twitter in Morocco.

Moroccan international and PSG star Achraf Hakimi shared an illustration on Instagram, accompanied by two emojis: the broken heart and the folded hands of prayer. Algerian Riyad Mahrez, star of Manchester City, was not left out, sharing on Facebook a photo of Rayan lined with the hashtag #Stay Strong (Stay Strong).

The emotion is such that the inhabitants of the region flocked “in large numbers” to the scene of the tragedy – sitting patiently around the well – but sometimes hindering the work of the rescue teams. “Rescuers work in very difficult conditions. We call on citizens to let them work to save this child,” Mr. Baitas urged.


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