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Fountain-disaster : Spain hopes for a miracle

Santiago Cortón Diaz looks up and shakes his head in disbelief. He is approximately 300 meters below the site of the accident, where on Sunday, the two-year-old Julen in an illegally drilled in the narrow well shaft of about 100 meters in depth, has slipped. In the distance you see two orange excavator lights. For the moment you stand still. From the main road on the outskirts of Totalán in the Spanish province of Málaga a load, turn on the car. He has a bulldozer on the loading surface.

"Look at that. This can't be true, now that still devices. The Boy is since Sunday in the mountain. We have, today, Thursday,“ scolds Cortón Díaz. Yet in the morning he was on the phone with the father of the child and asked, how are the parents. The two men have been friends for years.

The night before, was sobering for all those who hope for a miracle. The Plan to dig a Tunnel horizontally from the left side of the mountain, did not go on. The rescue teams had gotten themselves in danger. The shale gave way and made it impossible to reach the child on this Route. "Here, geologists are in use. Say, you have studied the Rock. Why not have said that it makes no sense to dig horizontally into the mountain? The need to know,“ says Cortón Díaz.

The anger rises to the friend of the family, increasingly to the head. What first needs to approach the parents at the thought of all the hours that might have been wasted in order to save Julen life? Your Boy was killed on Sunday while Playing in the slot, was covered only scantily with stones. The hole has a diameter of 25 centimeters. That's about the size of a plate for a main dish.

The longer the rescue operation, the more questions arise, and lay like a heavy mantle over the village. Before the mood shifts, send the person responsible for the salvage on Thursday afternoon, an engineer, is the man to answer. Ángel García Vidal of the University of Málaga takes a sheet of paper and begins to draw on it. The new Plan is a platform 30 feet below the site of the accident to build into the hillside. From there, parallel to the shaft, in which Julen is to be dug, two vertical holes to the right and to the left of it. A third Tunnel is now to be horizontally dug from the opposite direction, i.e. from the right, to the misfortune place. The Rock is more stable. "The Works are from a technical perspective demanding", says García Vidal. He wants to cost to explain why in the past few days, always new decisions had to be made, valuable time.

With every hour, the Chance is smaller to find the boy alive

The child is suspected to be in a depth of 71 meters. The parallel holes should only be a few meters deeper, to be able to in any case, from the bottom to the top of the boy. But the clock is ticking. Doctors believe that Julen could have been to Thursday is still alive. But every hour, the Chance is small that you will find him alive.

The shale is permeable to air than, for example, granite. Geologists believe it is possible that at a certain constellation of the stones the air is circulating. Under fortunate circumstances, the Boy could be supplied with sufficient oxygen. Also, the temperature in the mountain is considered by the experts as high that Julen can't at least stay dry. The Hunger was anyway the least of the problems. Without food, the child might survive for a few days. The lack of water is preparing, however, after 100 hours, the biggest Concerns.

The engineer will not make big promises. But he rolls over a rough indication of the time schedule: "Friday morning, the platform is ready, and then again at least twelve hours," he says. Totaláns mayor Miguel Ángel Escaño is deeply outraged by the delays. In an Interview, he railed about the temporarily launched rescue operation. He was warned to build a horizontal trench, but no one listened to him. Escaño also contacted Spain's interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and asked for urgent help, but received no answer. "I hope you call me soon," said the mayor.

"We are Julen" - the residents of the village share in the fate of the young

The rest of the inhabitants of the small village to the North-East of the province capital Málaga, ran to come, in the meantime, every day the 500 meters to the misfortune of the mountain, in order to have the feeling that the little boy somehow. On Wednesday evening, dozens of children and their parents had gathered from Totalán close to the salvage site. They held signs in the air. "We are Julen", was there to read, among other things. The children chanted his name. Some of the adults drove the heartbreaking solidarity of the tears in the eyes. The group appealed to the helper, you don't want to give up.

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the father of The Little, José Rosello, had, some hours previously, still brave the many microphones of the camera team and said that he believe that his son had a guardian angel found. His friend Santiago Cortón Díaz, who had called him on Thursday morning, shaking slightly with the head, and pinches her lips together. "Your hope is fading," he says.

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