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Miners enter rescue tunnel to find missing Spanish 2-year-old believed to be trapped in well

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Miners enter rescue tunnel to find missing Spanish 2-year-old believed to be trapped in well
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The final stage of a mission to rescue a 2-year-old boy who fell down a well in southern Spain 11 days ago began on Thursday.

Miners descended a parallel shaft from which point they will tunnel their way to the child.

Julen fell down the 25-cm-wide well on January 13, as his family walked through a private estate in Totalan, Malaga.

After descending the rescue shaft around, members of the Hunosa Mine Rescue Brigade will need to tunnel through 4m of earth to where the child is believed to be.

Santiago Suarez, the former head of the brigade, told Euronews this week that hard rock would likely slow the miners in the final stretch of the mission.

READ: These are the steps miners will need to take to rescue child trapped in well

_Click on the player above for footage of how the rescue efforts have unfolded so far. _