Boy Dies After Botched Lift Shaft Rescue Op

Story By: Jonathan MaciasSub EditorJoseph GolderAgency: Central European News

This 11-year-old boy has died after becoming stuck in a lift and allegedly being dropped down the shaft by a security guard trying to save him.

The tragic accident took place in an apartment block in the Colombian capital of Bogota in the Kennedy neighbourhood after Brahaman Jhusep Guevara Pabon and another had entered the lift.

Local media report the lift became tuck between the seventh and the eighth floors and the two minors had to ask for help.

Picture Credit:CEN

A security guard who works in the building reportedly went to help the children and managed to rescue the first child, whose name has not been reported.

However, Brahaman’s mother Luz Marina Pabon claims that when the security guard went to lift her son to safety he dropped the child who fell down the shaft.

She said: “The lift was in the middle of the seventh and the eighth floor and the guard did not know what to do. He opened the door and used his left hand to hold it and the other to hold the boy. He could not grab my son well and he let him fall.

Picture Credit:CEN

“He fell and the impact was so strong that his organs were all damaged.”

Her son was taken to hospital but doctors could not save his life.

The grieving mother claimed that the security certificate of the lift had expired nine days ago, saying: “The insurance certificate had expired. The lifts were not checked on the 25th of October.”

Jorge Sogamoso, a neighbour told local reporters that the lifts in the buildings had failed several times before: “They said we have to wait because there is no budget, they have not said anything else.”

The condominium administration have not made any declarations about the accident yet.

It is unclear if the case is being investigated.

The ViralTab page is created by and dedicated to professional, independent freelance journalists. It is a place for us to showcase our work. When our news is sold to our media partners, we will include the link here.