Abdel-Hadi Al-Tamrani, a member of the Ryan Rescue Committee, explained that “a small rock caused a 3-hour delay in reaching the child.”
A Moroccan official said, on Saturday, that “a small rock delayed the process of reaching Rayan by 3 hours,” adding that “less than 3 meters separates the rescue teams from reaching the child.”
Rayan, 5, has been stuck since Tuesday noon in a dry well 32 meters deep, in the agricultural village of “Igran” of the Tamrout region in the Chefchaouen province, northern Morocco, while rescue teams continue efforts to get him out.
Abdel-Hadi Al-Tamrani, a member of the Ryan Rescue Committee, said in statements to the media, “This rock requires 3 hours of continuous demolition, as it is not possible to drill hard so that the well does not collapse.”
He added, “Hope for life remains, and we hope to God that the few hours will bring good tidings.”
Earlier on Saturday, the Minister of Equipment and Water, Nizar Baraka, said in a statement that the authorities “has harnessed all possibilities” to save Rayan, considering it one of the “most complex similar rescue operations due to the fragility of the soil.”
The rescue operation is still going on day and night, as the rescue teams moved, at dawn on Saturday, a large iron tank to the place of direct excavation.
Since the sunset of Friday, local specialists began to manually dig a horizontal port towards the stuck child, after the bulldozers finished digging a slope 32 meters deep, parallel to the well.
According to specialized experts, “the process relates to the stage of installing pipes to ensure that no drift occurs.” These pipes are expected to secure the entry of civil defense men to rescue Rayan, who has been stuck for nearly 90 hours.