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This footage shows the rescue op to save a toddler who accidentally fell down a borehole just 7 inches wide as rescuers are forced to dig up a field to free the tot from the tiny hole.
The boy, aged two, was playing in the field with his grandmother when he accidentally stepped into the disused well, which had been concealed by the tall crop.
The fire service was called to the village of Daizhuang in Qihe County in East China’s Shandong Province after receiving reports of the accident at 9:20am local time on 22nd May.
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Two diggers and over a dozen rescuers were sent to the wheat field, with footage showing an excavator being used to dig up large quantities of earth as they slowly made their way to the bottom of the 22-foot-deep borehole.
The fire service said they pumped oxygen down the well in order to keep the child alive, while also covering the entrance of the borehole to prevent debris from falling in and causing further injury.
As they dug deeper into the ground, rescuers began dismantling the concrete walls of the borehole section by section.
They finally reached the toddler after about 90 minutes and plucked the crying boy out of the ground at 11:02am.
Video from the village shows the boy being handed back to his mother, who carries him to an awaiting ambulance.
The authorities said the boy showed no obvious signs of external injuries and was taken to hospital for a full check-up but he has survived.