MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the operation in Spain to rescue a trapped 2-year-old boy:
Rescue experts breaking through layers of hard rock were centimeters (inches) away late Friday from the space in southern Spain where a 2-year-old boy has been trapped underground for 12 days.
The boy, Julen Rosello, fell down a narrow 110-meter-deep borehole (360-foot) on Jan. 13 while his family was preparing a countryside lunch. He is thought to be about two-thirds of the way down the dry waterhole, stuck behind hardened soil and rock that blocked rescue workers and equipment.
Jorge Martin, a spokesman with the Malaga province Civil Guard, says a fourth controlled explosion was needed to complete the last 45 centimeters of a 3.8-meter-long horizontal tunnel mining experts have been digging since Thursday.