The 10-year-old boy has been pronounced dead after falling into a 115ft construction site hole in Vietnam

The massive race to rescue a boy in Vietnam who fell more than 100 feet into a concrete hole at a construction site is nearing its end. State media reported that the 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon.

Thai Ly Hao Nam He had reportedly fallen into the hole on New Year’s Eve after entering the construction site in southern Dong Thap province with three other children to find scrap iron. The hole was just under 10 inches wide, reported Việt Nam News, which is published by the state-run Vietnam News Agency.

According to the outlet, authorities said they determined the boy had died after investigating the details of the incident. The boy has been in the hole for five days now and the depth of the hole likely caused injuries, Việt Nam News said. Now the rescuers are trying to get his body as soon as possible.

Reuters reported earlier this week that the boy was heard screaming for help shortly after falling into the mound, but did not respond to rescuers on Monday. Officials had tried to pump oxygen into the shaft to also help the boy breathe, according to the BBC, as about 100 soldiers tried to rescue him. Rescuers spent about 100 hours rescuing the boy, local news outlet VN Express said.

Crime scene images show the construction site filled with debris and mud. Workers built a bridge at the construction site. VN Express previously reported that rescuers used a 62-foot metal pipe in their attempts to extricate the boy from the muddy hole. The provincial transport ministry director said warning signs were posted around the site but that officials will investigate whether security breaches were at play, VN Express said.

The 10-year-old’s father was brought to the scene ahead of Wednesday’s press conference. The 10-year-old boy has been pronounced dead after falling into a 115ft construction site hole in Vietnam

Rick Schindler

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