INTRODUCTION: An Italian boy who has been trapped down a deep well since Wednesday (10 June) fell further down the shaft as rescuers tried to free him.
GV PAN FROM Drill TO mother and rescue workers, onlookers
SV Milk bottle held up, being pumped down well to child
SV Parents waiting near well
SV Rescue worker talking to child on two-way radio
DAYTIME, 12 JUNE. GV Drill coming out of ground PAN TO crowd applauding
SV Interview with pot-holer
SV Rescue worker coming out of shaft
NIGHT TIME, 12 JUNE. GV Crowd waiting at rescue scene
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An Italian boy who has been trapped down a deep well since Wednesday (10 June) fell further down the shaft as rescuers tried to free him. By late Friday evening (12 June), frantic efforts were still being made to save him and the crowd of anxious people waiting at the site through the night, included President Sandro Pertini.
SYNOPSIS: Six-year-old Alfredo Rampi fell 36 metres (118 ft) into the well at Frascati, near Rome on Wednesday night. As rescue workers drilled a shaft next to the well, the boy's mother waited for news.
Alfredo was being fed with milk, sugar and water by a tube from the surface, and was also receiving fresh oxygen from another tube.
The boy's parents have been able to talk with their son on a two-way radio, and a psychologist have been advising rescuers on how to keep Alfredo calm.
Drilling continued into Friday, but a layer of solid granite prevented the powerful drills from reaching the boy. The crowd at the rescue site were joined by millions of Italians who watched the drama live on television. Alfredo's breathing had become short, but he revived enough to ask for water and a spoon to eat a jar of yoghurt.
Firemen eventually pierced the rock where they believed the boy could be reached, only to find he had slipped further down the muddy well. A young pot-holer went down to find out how far Alfredo had slipped. The pot-holer reached the boy but could not bring him to the surface as he kept slipping from his grasp because of mud.
Late Friday night, firemen lowered an amateur contortionist down the well in another desperate rescue bid.