Rescue mission continues for boy trapped in disused mine shaft

The search operation was called off last night after rescue workers experienced difficulty breathing underground.

Community members look on as a rescue worker is sent underground to save a five-year-old boy fell into a disused mine shaft in Boksburg. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Rescue teams are expected back on the scene on Tuesday morning where a five-year-old boy fell into a disused mine shaft in Boksburg.

The little boy has been trapped since Saturday.

The search operation was called off on Monday night after rescue workers experienced difficulty breathing underground.

Emergency service's Vincent Khoza says they’re in talks to establish a plan of action to rescue the boy.

“As soon as we have a briefing we’ll decide on a way forward. We will look at alternative plans.”

The mother of the five-year-old was unable to speak to the media. The woman, however, said she hopes for a positive result after an intense rescue effort.

Residents were unhappy when the mission was called off and sang and chanted showing their dissatisfaction.

Some community members say that for years they’ve called on authorities to seal the hole.

Residents are expected to gather in their hundreds again when the rescue mission resumes.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)