Locals pulled out a 4-year old boy from an abandoned deep tube-well minutes after rescuers called off their 23-hour long frantic search.
Rescue operations started on Friday afternoon after 'Jihad' had fallen into the several hundred feet deep pipe at Dhaka's Shahjahanpur.
Around 2:30pm on Saturday, Fire Service's Director General Ali Ahmed Khan announced the end of their search as a camera sent down the pipe had not picked up signs of anyone below.
However, locals continued their rescue bid and successfully lifted out the boy several minutes later.
Khan said local youths had been trying different methods to bring the boy trapped in the pipe up and that fire service officials were assisting them.
One of these youths, Shah Mohammad Abdul Moon said they had sent a manual cable TV camera binding it with an iron rope to rescue Jihad.
Abdul Majid, an electrician working with the team, said they had tried the technique Friday night as well without success.
"We succeeded today after trying for an hour," he said.
But the 'success' turned out to be an embarrassment for the Fire Service.
"We're really embarrassed," a senior Fire Service official said. "We've been discussing the matter among ourselves," he said, wishing not to be named.
After Jihad was pulled out, Director General Khan was quick to take credit.
"We called off the operations but our men were still assisting the locals. The child was pulled out with everyone's help," he said.
Jihad was taken to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital around 3:30pm.
About half an hour later, doctor Riaz Morshed told reporters that the child had died several hours ago.