Wednesday, April 04, 2012 -
One man died as six migrants from Uzbekistan plunged one after another into a well during a tragic rescue attempt in southern Russia, police said on Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials of Volgograd region said the episode began when one of the foreign migrants working fields fell into an abandoned well late on Monday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
A rescue bid improvised by other workers to get him out went awry, sending five others one by one over the edge and into three meters of “weather fallout” at the bottom.
An Investigative Committee spokeswoman said one of the Uzbek migrants drowned. Two others are in the intensive care ward of a hospital in nearby Volzhsky city. The other three are in “acceptable condition,” she said.
A regional police report said the well was filled with a “toxic liquid with an acrid smell” that poisoned all six men.
The well was located at a former pig farm, the police press release noted.
It was not explained how the workers were taken out of the well.
All of them were legal migrants in the country.