SANDF experts recruited to help in halted Boksburg mine rescue op

Efforts to rescue a five-year-old boy who fell into a disused mine shaft in Boksburg were put on pause on Wednesday.

Disaster emergency management services say a rock fall inside the shaft has now blocked off the path they were using to send down a drone to locate young Richard Thole.

Experts from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) arrived in Jerusalem outside Boksburg on Thursday to assess the situation.

It’s believed that Richard Thole fell down the shaft on Saturday after the recent rain destroyed the concrete slab that had sealed it.

Ekhurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Services spokesperson William Ntladi says the rescue operation has been escalated to the attention of Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina and SA National Defence Force.

It's reported that Masina is working hard to relocate the residents of the Jerusalem informal settlement in Boksburg after Thole fell into the open disused mine shaft.

Masina says this is to avoid loss of life as the more than 100 year old mine shaft has now opened up due to the recent rains.

Ntladi says Ekhurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Services send their condolences to the young boy's family.

Take a listen to Ntladi explain the state of the mine shaft and the rescue operation:

WATCH: #BoksburgMine: Search for Richard Thole (5) continues

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