In China’s Henan Province, a woman dropped her mobile phone into a pit toilet, and efforts to retrieve that phone ended with two people losing their lives and three more injured and in hospital.
According to local reports, the woman’s husband went into the pit toilet to retrieve the phone, but fainted a few seconds later due to the strong stench of decomposing feces. This triggered a series of rescue efforts that ultimately ended in tragedy.
First, the husband’s mother went into the pit to save her son, but passed out thanks to the stench. Then the woman herself went in, and suffered the same fate.
Then the woman’s elderly father-in-law went into the pit and fainted and lastly, two neighbors went in and also fainted inside.
The whole bizarre scene took about five minutes … and other neighbors used ropes to pull all six out of the knee-deep smelly feces dump and transport them to hospital.
There, the husband and his mother died after waiting for more than 1 hour for medical help to arrive. The woman who dropped the phone is in intensive care with one of the neighbors, and her father-in-law sustained injuries.
A doctor said the fatalities was due to suffocation.
The status of the dropped phone – worth about $300 – is unknown.