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Vietnamese boy trapped in concrete pile on New Year’s Eve is pronounced dead

Rescuers spent nearly 100 hours trying to free Ly Hao Nam from the 115-foot-long support pillar driven into the ground, but without success, state media said.
/ Source: Reuters

HANOI, Vietnam — A 10-year-old Vietnamese boy who fell into the narrow open shaft of a concrete pile at a construction site on New Year’s Eve has been confirmed dead, state media said Wednesday.

Rescuers spent nearly 100 hours trying to free the boy, Ly Hao Nam, from the 115-foot-long support pillar driven into the ground, but without success, online newspaper VnExpress cited a local government official as saying.

“The authorities have determined that the victim has died and are trying to recover his body for the funeral,” deputy chairman of the southern province of Dong Thap, Doan Tan Buu, was quoted as saying.

Doan Tan Buu, deputy chairman of the Dong Thap provincial peoples committee, speaks to the media in Dong Thap province on January 4, 2023, as news emerged of the death of a boy trapped in a deep shaft at a construction site who rescuers had been trying to reach. - The Vietnamese boy trapped in a buried hollow concrete pillar at a construction site has died, an official said late January 4, amid efforts to pull up the body.
Doan Tan Buu, deputy chairman of the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Thap, said Wednesday that authorities were trying to recover the boy’s body.Hai Long / AFP - Getty Images

Nam was heard crying for help shortly after he fell into the hollow concrete pile, which has a diameter of less than 10 inches, on Saturday at a bridge construction site in the Mekong delta province where he had been searching with friends for scrap iron.

Earlier on Wednesday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had urged rescuers and local authorities to mobilize all equipment and forces needed, the government said.