Julen Roselló

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Julen Roselló García (2016–2019) was a Spanish boy aged two years who fell into a narrow shaft near Totalán in Málaga in 2019.


Julen disappeared on January 13, 2019 playing while his parents José and Vicky were having a picnic. He fell into a 107 meter deep shaft with a diameter of 25 to 30 cm. The shaft had been drilled in December 2018 by an entrepreneur searching for ground water, without the permission of the authorities. It was not secured afterwards.[1]

The parents say that they could hear their child crying. [2][3][4]

Rescue attempt

Initial attempts to reach Julen were unsuccessful due to the shaft being blocked at a depth of 71 meters. This was discovered when a camera was lowered into the shaft. Rescuers only managed to remove about 30 cm of rubble before deciding to pursue alternative rescue plans.[5]

Construction of the vertical shaft took several days due to the rocky nature of the earth. On January 24, 2019, the vertical shaft was completed and rescuers started excavating the horizontal gallery.[6] Explosives were used as a last resort as rescuers could not break through the rocks using conventional tools.[7]


On January 26 at 01.25 am local time, rescuers located his lifeless body in the hole.[8] Autopsy revealed that he suffered a ‘severe head trauma’ during the 71 meter fall and presumably died instantly.[9]

See also

  • Kathy Fiscus (1945-1949) U.S. child who fell into a well and died
  • Alfredo Rampi (1975-1981; nicknaned Alfredino) Italian child who fell into a well and died
  • Jessica McClure (born 1986; nicknamed Baby Jessica) U.S. child who fell into a well in 1987 and was rescued


  1. "In Brunnen gefallener Julen - Erneuter Rückschlag bei Grabung". Jan 19, 2019. https://www.welt.de/vermischtes/article187333860/In-Brunnen-gefallener-Julen-Erneuter-Rueckschlag-bei-Grabung.html. 
  2. "Kind im Bohrloch: Nach 100 Stunden ist noch immer kein Tunnel gebaut". Jan 17, 2019. https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/panorama/kind-im-bohrloch-nach-100-stunden-ist-noch-immer-kein-tunnel-gebaut-31885826. 
  3. "Junge in 110 Meter tiefem Schacht vermisst: Seine Eltern haben schon ein Kind verloren". Jan 15, 2019. https://www.stern.de/panorama/weltgeschehen/ganz-spanien-bangt-um-kleinen-jungen-in-brunnenschacht-8533464.html. 
  4. "Drilling machines help frantic search for trapped Spanish toddler days after he fell down well". The Independent. Jan 18, 2019. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/julen-rosello-search-missing-well-spain-malaga-drilling-machines-rescue-trapped-a8734846.html. 
  5. Jabois, Manuel; Sánchez, Nacho (24 January 2019). "Julen Roselló rescue: “This is a work of humanitarian civil engineering”". https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/23/inenglish/1548231368_142142.html. Retrieved 24 January 2019. 
  6. Sánchez, Nacho (24 January 2019). "Julen Roselló rescue: The 10 key factors of the ongoing mission". https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/24/inenglish/1548326713_948261.html. Retrieved 24 January 2019. 
  7. NACHO SÁNCHEZ (25 January 2019). "Julen Roselló rescue mission: miners nearly done digging tunnel to trapped toddler". EL PAÍS. https://elpais.com/elpais/2019/01/25/inenglish/1548403886_015434.html. 
  8. Char Adams (26 January 2019). "Toddler Julen Rosello Found Dead 13 Days After Falling Down Well in Spain". People Magazine (Yahoo). https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/toddler-julen-rosello-found-dead-051230260.html. 
  9. "LITTLE JULEN SUFFERED ‘SEVERE HEAD TRAUMA’, MALAGA AUTOPSY SHOWS". http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2019/01/26/little-julen-suffered-severe-head-trauma-malaga-autopsy-shows/. Retrieved 26 January 2019.