MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Civil Guard says it is investigating whether a narrow, deep borehole that a 2-year-old boy fell into last week was built illegally, as authorities struggle to reach the spot where the toddler is believed trapped.
The Civil Guard’s press office did not elaborate on the investigation Tuesday.
There has been no contact made with Julen Rosello, who fell into the 110-meter (360-foot) deep shaft on Jan. 13 northeast of Malaga.
Rescue teams are trying to reach him by drilling a shaft parallel to the borehole. Mining rescue experts then hope to be lowered into the shaft so they can dig a horizontal tunnel to the spot where Rosello is believed to be.
Authorities in Malaga say engineers need more time to widen the shaft they dug.