Dead child remains in well 10 days after fall

6-year-old girl plunged into 100-metre well while on picnic with family

Saudi civil defence men have failed to reach the body of a six-year-old girl nearly 10 days after she plunged into a deserted 100-deep well in the Gulf Kingdom.

Sabq newspaper quoted civil defence sources as saying they have nearly completed the digging of a pit next to the well and would soon begin digging from that pit into the empty well to pluck out the girl.

“We will soon start digging into the well from that pit and hopefully we will reach the body,” a civil defence spokesman told the paper.

The girl was on a picnic with her family near the northwestern town of Hakl when she stepped on the uncovered well and plunged down, landing on a rock 30 metres deep.

Civil defence men who have been struggling for 10 to reach the body said the operation has been blocked difficult topographical conditions inside the well, which was drilled by a Saudi farmer years ago to supply water to local nomads.

“There are numerous obstacles and difficulties facing us..the topographical nature inside is very risky and our men down there face the danger of moving sand and earth,” Sabq said, quoting major general Mastour Al Harthi, civil defence director in Hakl.

The paper said authorities are searching for the Saudi farmer who had dug the well and left it uncovered to “become a trap for passersby.”

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