Days after a 10-year-old boy fell into a 35-metre concrete pipe in Vietnam, authorities have pronounced him dead. The boy died 100 hours after unsuccessful rescue attempts, Doan Tan Buu, deputy prime minister of South Vietnam's Dong Thap province, told reporters on Wednesday evening (local time). They now want to recover his body as soon as possible, he added.
Accordingly, a team of doctors, coroners and local authorities had come to the conclusion that the boy had died due to various factors. In addition to the location of the accident, this also included the depth of the pipe, the duration of the rescue work and possible injuries that he had suffered. The tests were still going on Wednesday morning. A camera previously lowered into the pipe had shown no sign of life from the child.
Little Nam fell into the pipe on Saturday at a construction site for a new bridge. It is only about 25 centimeters in diameter. "No one would have thought that a young person could be trapped so deep in the pillar because the space inside is only as wide as an adult's hand," the newspaper "VnExpress" quoted one of the rescuers as saying.
The military also participated in the rescue work. With special equipment, the rescuers tried to loosen the earth around the pipe in order to be able to pull it up with a crane. But the attempts had failed. Most recently, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chính also got involved in the drama and instructed the authorities to do their utmost to save the child.