Police in Dong Thap have announced that the case of Thai Ly Hao Nam, 10, who fell into a 35-meter-deep hollow concrete pile in the southern Vietnamese province weeks ago was a labor accident, so that officials will take no legal proceedings against the tragedy.
“Based on the results of the investigation into the case, the provincial police department determined that this was an occupational accident with no criminal signs, so we will not take any legal actions,” said Senior Lieutenant Colonel Tran Trung, chief of staff of the Dong Thap Department of Public Security.
Hao Nam, residing in Thanh Binh District, fell into the concrete pillar, which is planted some 35 meters into the ground and has a diameter of 25 centimeters, at the construction site of the Roc Sen Bridge project in the district at noon on December 31, 2022.
Despite great rescue efforts, the boy was pronounced dead on January 4, before rescuers went to a depth of 25 meters and used specialized equipment to bring his body to ground level on January 20.
Nam’s body was then returned to his family for burial.
The child had fallen into the hollow pile apparently while looking for scrap metal to collect, a common way for poverty-stricken people to earn a living in Vietnam.