A two-year-old boy fell into a borewell over 150 feet deep in a field near his house in Punjab's Sangrur district Thursday, officials said.
Fatehvir Singh fell into the unused borewell while he was playing near his house at around 4 pm, district administration officials said.
The borewell was covered with a cloth and the boy accidentally stepped on it while playing. His mother tried to rescue him, but failed, they said. A National Disaster Response Force team has launched an operation to rescue the child, the officials said.
Oxygen is being supplied to the child who appears to be stuck 125-foot-deep into the borewell, they said.
JCB machines and tractors have also been pressed into service for digging and to bring out Fatehvir safely, they added
Lighting arrangements were made by villagers as the rescue operation continued late in the evening.
Earlier, Indian Navy Lieutenant Rahul Dalal was hailed for his heroic act wherein he prevented a tragedy by rescuing a drowning man in Kerala. Pictures of the Indian Navy officer were shared online, and the post related to him by the Indian Navy's official handle had gone massively viral.
According to the Indian Navy, the incident took place when Lieutenant Dalal went to the Vypin beach in Kerala with his wife. At around 4.10 pm, he noticed a man struggling in the water, unable to swim and trying to shout for help. Though there were other people at the beach, nobody was able to help the victim - identified as Aurangabad resident Dileep Kumar.