The body of a two-year-old boy who fell down a 250-foot well has been found by rescuers after a 13-day rescue mission. Little Julen Rosello disappeared two weeks ago down the hole with the massive search ending in tragedy overnight.
Rescuers made the heartbreaking find about 1.25am local time today after digging out a 13ft horizontal tunnel by hand and reaching the spot they believed he would be trapped.
Civil Guard speologists will now go underground to bring the little boy’s body up to the surface.
Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis, a central government spokesman for Spain’s Andalucia region, confirmed:
“Unfortunately at 1.25am this morning, the rescue teams have reached the point in the well where they were searching for Julen and have found the little boy’s body.
“The judicial commission has been activated. My condolences to the family.
Rest in peace.”
The Civil Guard tweeted: “Unfortunately, despite the efforts of so many people, it has not been possible. Rest in peace Julen. Our most sincere condolences to the family.”
Parents Jose Rosello and Vicky Garcia were reportedly given the news by phone just minutes after rescuers made the heartbreaking find.
It is a tragic end to the search for Julen that unfolded when the tot fell down the well in a freak accident as his parents prepared a Sunday lunch paella.
Dad Jose told Spanish media how his son fell down the borehole around 2pm on Sunday as he was getting more firewood.