Despite painstaking rescue efforts, a five-year-old Moroccan boy who was trapped in a well for four days died before rescuers were able to reach him late on Saturday and retrieve his body.
A royal statement announced his death soon after his removal from the well.
TOS NEWS reported the frantic rescue operation last Friday in northern Morocco to save a 5-year-old boy who fell into water well and has been trapped in a deep well for three days.
The boy plunged 32m (104ft) through the well’s narrow opening of only 45 cm (18 inches) .
The bid to free Rayan had gripped the country and thousands more following online, triggering a huge rescue effort that was hampered by fears of a landslide.
King Mohammed sent condolences to his parents, a statement carried by state media reported.
The statement from Morocco’s royal palace described Rayan’s death as a “tragic accident”, adding that “His Majesty King Mohammed VI called the parents of the boy who died after falling down the well.”
The king had expressed his deepest condolences and sincere compassion, it added.
In a Facebook post, French President Emmanuel Macron wrote: “Tonight, I want to tell the family of little Rayan and the Moroccan people that we share their pain.”