A man mourns for his wife and son, who died trying to retrieve a phone from a cesspool (Picture: Imaginechina/REX)
A mother and her son were killed trying to retrieve a £180 mobile phone from an open pit of human waste.
The tragedy occurred when a woman dropped her new phone into the knee-high cesspool during a trip to the toilet.
Her husband went in to retrieve it only to be overcome by the fumes.
Several villagers attempted to rescue the pair but were overcome by fumes (Picture: Imaginechina/REX)
After he fainted, his mother went in to try to save him. She soon met the same fate, falling unconscious next to her son.
Neighbours in Xinxiang city, China scrambled to rescue the pair, but the task proved insurmountable. In the end, six people were pulled from the pit.
Sadly, it was too late for the mother and son, who later died in hospital…
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