Boy trapped in well found dead

A young boy stuck in a well in northern China since Sunday has been found dead, according to local media.

Rescue crews found the boy’s body Thursday in a narrow, abandoned well in the province of Hebei, bringing an end to an almost five-day search involving more than 500 responders.

He fell down the well — just one foot (30 centimeters) wide — while helping his father harvest vegetables, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Too narrow for adults to climb into, rescuers began digging out the 40-meter deep well.

Aerial shots of the scene showed excavators working on soft sandy soil around the dry well. Xinhua said the earth was prone to collapse and measures had been taken to support the shaft.