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Sun Jun 8, 2014, 04:06 PM

2 Dead, Several Injured After Phone Falls Into Open-Pit Toilet

Two people suffocated and several others were reportedly injured after a woman dropped her cell phone into a cesspool in Xinxiang City, Henan province, China.

According to the South China Morning Post, the woman's husband climbed down into the open-pit toilet to collect the phone, worth about $300. He was reportedly overcome by the stench, lost consciousness and fell in. The man's mother reportedly jumped in after her son, but she also fainted.

Neighbors were called for help after the owner of the phone tried to save her husband and mother-in-law. She also lost consciousness. Several other people were injured in an attempt to help the victims.

“The smell was too strong. I lost consciousness before I could see anything,” a neighbor told Dahe Daily, according to a SCMP translation.

Neighbors found a rope and used it to haul the people out. In total, six people ended up being pulled from the cesspool, which was reportedly filled knee-deep with waste.

The husband and his mother both had pulses when they were rescued, but died after it took medical responders more than an hour to arrive on the scene.

"Two lives have gone in five minutes and my cousin's wife is still in coma, leaving a partially-paralyzed old man and a one-year-old son at home." the husband's uncle said, according to Shanghaist. "What are we supposed to do?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/dead-phone-toilet_n_5454222.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

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R2D42 Jun 2014 OP
liberalguy Jun 2014 #1
New Deal Democrat Jun 2014 #2
liberalguy Jun 2014 #3
HerasHeaddress Jun 2014 #4
Lefty Jun 2014 #5

Response to R2D42 (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 04:16 PM

1. The problem isn't "stench"

 

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Response to liberalguy (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 04:25 PM

2. Anybody who has ever worked in manholes should be aware of this danger.

This multiple-death tragedy is a common example of what can happen if precautions are not taken when going into such an environment.

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Response to New Deal Democrat (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 04:35 PM

3. I know of a farm in which dad, two brothers and two farm hands died climbing into a manure pit.

 

Each to rescue the ones that went before.

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Response to R2D42 (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 05:08 PM

4. Why do people risk

their lives going after damn cellphones? I've seen stories like this coming from all corners of the globe.

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Response to R2D42 (Original post)

Sun Jun 8, 2014, 10:30 PM

5. Silly me ...I first thought the phone exploded when it hit the sewer.

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