Sujith Wilson, who is believed to be between two and three years old, fell down the well around 5:45 p.m. Friday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, local district fire officer Puru Gandhi told CNN.
Gandhi said a small camera has been lowered into the well to monitor the condition of the boy, who is alive and breathing.
Oxygen is being pumped into the pit and rescuers are working to drill a shaft parallel to the well.
The state’s Commissioner for Disaster Management and Mitigation, J. Radhakrishnan, told CNN that rescuers were able to dig down to 45 feet but then hit rocks.
“We are not able to predict the nature (of the ground); it is full of rock,” Radhakrishnan said.
“We have been giving him (the trapped boy) oxygen, but it is a difficult kind of situation. Hopefully the operation will complete in 8-10 hours. Let us pray.”
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami, tweeted that “heavy duty drilling machines and equipments have been deployed” and that “further assistance will be sought depending on the status of the rescue efforts.”
Around 550 people are involved in the rescue operation, Radhakrishnan said, including workers from fire services, national and state disaster management agencies and the police.
Technical experts from mining company NLC India, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and the National Technical Institute are also involved.
Indians have been glued to the rescue attempt, with the hashtags #prayforsurjeeth and #sujithwilson trending on…