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The family of a two-year-old boy trapped underground for 12 days in Spain have prayed for a miracle as miners continue a desperate bid to reach the youngster. 
Tearful parents Jose Rosello and Vicky Garcia joined relatives near the scene where their son Julen fell into a narrow well on a private estate in Totalan, southern Spain on January 13.
Hundreds of others gathered for a vigil and prayed for 'God to do this miracle' as rescuers completed a 300ft relief shaft beside the original well. 
Rescue experts, lowered into the new shaft in a capsule, have already completed the first 3ft of a horizontal tunnel as they look to bridge the 13ft gap to the adjacent well.
So far, the rescue bid has cost £500,000, but authorities are determined to find the boy and bring him back to the surface in a rescue mission that has gripped Spain.
There have been no signs of life since Julen fell into the well, which has since become blocked by earth, raising fears soil has collapsed onto the child. 
Julen's parents, Jose Rosello (in the grey coat) and Vicky Garcia (wearing a yellow scarf), pictured, have been keeping a vigil awaiting news of their missing son
Julen's parents, Jose Rosello (in the grey coat) and Vicky Garcia (wearing a yellow scarf), pictured, have been keeping a vigil awaiting news of their missing son
The rescuers are being lowered to the bottom of the shaft in this cage before beginning the delicate task of tunnelling into the borehole and hopefully finding Julen
The rescuers are being lowered to the bottom of the shaft in this cage before beginning the delicate task of tunnelling into the borehole and hopefully finding Julen
Rescuers have spent 11 days sinking a 300-ft shaft beside a bore hole where 2-year-old Julen fell on January 13. It is understood the rescuers are going to use a capsule in the rescue attempt
Rescuers have spent 11 days sinking a 300-ft shaft beside a bore hole where 2-year-old Julen fell on January 13. It is understood the rescuers are going to use a capsule in the rescue attempt
Julen Rosello, pictured, fell into the bore hole while out with his family near Totalan
Julen Rosello, pictured, fell into the bore hole while out with his family near Totalan
The baby fell into this 15-inch wide borehole on the estate on the outskirts of Malaga
The baby fell into this 15-inch wide borehole on the estate on the outskirts of Malaga
Teams of two rescuers are currently trying to dig a 13ft tunnel between the relief shaft and the borehole in the hope of rescuing Julen Rosello
Teams of two rescuers are currently trying to dig a 13ft tunnel between the relief shaft and the borehole in the hope of rescuing Julen Rosello
Alfonso Celis, regional government representative, said last night: 'Members of the Mines Rescue Brigade sent from Asturias (region) have just accessed the vertical well to start excavation in the search for Julen.'
Miners working in rotating shifts will dig a four-metre passage with picks and pneumatic hammers from the bottom of the shaft towards the borehole, which is 300ft deep and just 10ins wide.
Teams equipped with oxygen masks will work for 40 minutes each in conditions so tight they can only dig kneeling or lying down. 
The process of crossing the divide between the two shafts could take up to 24 hours, emergency services chief, Ángel García Vidal, has said.

Members of the public have been holding vigils across Spain praying for Julen 
Members of the public have been holding vigils across Spain praying for Julen 

Dozens of people have worked in shifts around the clock to rescue Julen from the shaft
Dozens of people have worked in shifts around the clock to rescue Julen from the shaft
Meanwhile children and families have been holding candlelight vigils across Spain in support of the missing boy and of the massive rescue operation, even as hopes of finding him alive have faded with each passing day.
Julen's mother and father, both 29, held each other tightly as they attended a vigil a few minutes from the scene last night. According to Bild, some 300 people also gathered there. 
One of those present, Juan José Cortés, was heard praying 'for God to do this miracle and give power to the miners, Julen and his parents.' 
Cortés' own five-year-old daughter was found murdered ten years ago after weeks of searching and he has been supporting Julen's family.
Engineers and miners have worked for ten days in a row but have run into various technical problems while drilling a shaft parallel to the well.
Rescuers are now trying to tunnel from the relief shaft into the borehole  to find Julen
Rescuers are now trying to tunnel from the relief shaft into the borehole to find Julen
Members of the rescue team watch their colleagues being lowered to the bottom of the shaft
Members of the rescue team watch their colleagues being lowered to the bottom of the shaft
Miners efforts to reach toddler trapped in well enters final phase
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Juan Lopez Escobar, one of the engineers in charge of the rescue operation said: 'No miner is left in a mine, and Julen is now considered a miner. Whatever may have happened, a miner is always pulled out.'
He told reporters earlier that digging the horizontal passage would be the most dangerous part of the effort.
Julen's parents suffered another tragedy in 2017 when their three-year-old son died suddenly after suffering a cardiac arrest while walking along a beach. 

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