Woman stuck in well for a week in KSA

Rescue efforts continue as woman remains trapped in Taif well

Heavy drilling equipment was brought in to help free dozens of Chilean miners last year. Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Heavy drilling equipment was brought in to help free dozens of Chilean miners last year. Picture for illustrative purposes only.

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Rescue workers are still trying to free a 29-year-old mother who fell inside a 50-metre deep bore well in near Taif, outside Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, last week.

The woman has been trapped for seven days after she fell down the well after an outing with relatives, but complications have hampered rescue efforts.

Initial attempts to lift the woman out were unsuccessful: the 40cm diameter well is a tight squeeze, and is also full of water, which has made rescuing the woman difficult. The problem has been compounded by the fact that thermal imaging equipment has not been able to pinpoint the woman’s position.

Work on a second well was also stopped after rescuers hit a large rock 18m below the surface. Work is expected to resume on the drilling with heavier equipment from Saudi Aramco.

Director of the Civil Defense in Taif Brig. Muhammad Al-Shehri is supervising the rescue operation.
 

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