Earlier this week, hundreds of rescuers battled to save him, in vain.

A 10-year-old child who fell into a 35-meter hole on Saturday at the construction site of a bridge in Vietnam was pronounced dead on Wednesday by authorities.

He was "trapped inside a very deep nozzle", suffered from "several injuries" and did not have "enough oxygen to last long", said Doan Tan Buu, vice chairman of the People's Committee of the province of Dong Thap, in the south of the country.

“We prioritized rescuing the boy.

However, the conditions make it impossible for him to have survived, ”he added to journalists, on the site of the tragedy.

Rescuers determined to reassemble the body for the funeral

The announcement of the death was made after consultation with medical experts, he said.

Thai Ly Hao Nam had fallen on Saturday into a hollow concrete pillar just 25 centimeters wide, cast for the construction of a new bridge, when he appeared to be looking for scrap metal.

Rescuers in Dong Thap province in the Mekong Delta tried to drill into and soften the surrounding ground in an attempt to pull the pillar up and extract the young boy, but to no avail.

A metal pipe 19 meters long had been placed around the pillar where the boy was trapped in an attempt to remove the mud and get him out.

Rescuers are determined to bring the child's body up as soon as possible for the funeral but, according to Vice President Doan Tan Buu, it is "a very difficult task".

Since Tuesday, Vietnam has mobilized hundreds of soldiers and engineers to try to save Thai Ly Hao Nam.


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