Updated: 05/30/2014 19:37 | By Agence France-Presse

Two killed in China while retrieving phone from septic tank

A man and his mother both died trying to retrieve his wife's new mobile phone from a toilet septic tank in China, reports said on Friday, with four other people also entering the cesspit.


Two killed in China while retrieving phone from septic tank

Chinese police cordon off an area in central Beijing, on May 13, 2012 - by Ed Jones

The woman dropped her new device -- worth 2,000 yuan ($320) -- in the open-pit toilet, reported Dahe, a web portal run by the Henan provincial government.

Her husband jumped in to try to locate the phone but was overcome by fumes and passed out, it said.

His mother went into the cesspit to try to help her son, but fainted herself, prompting the woman and then her father-in-law to enter in turn, the report said.

Two neighbours then followed the family into the septic tank, and were also overcome.

Villagers in Xinxiang, in central China, used ropes to retrieve the six people from the tank, which online images showed to be accessed via a metre-square brick-built hole.

The husband and mother-in-law both died, while the woman remained unconscious and the two neighbours were also ill, the report said.

"In five minutes, two lives have gone and my daughter-in-law is unconscious, leaving a half-paralysed elderly man and a one-year-old grandson," the husband's distraught uncle said, according to the web portal.

"How are we supposed to go on?"

The report did not specify whether the phone had been found.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。