An unlucky gravedigger lost consciousness and fell into a freshly dug grave he made
Manuel Gomes, 56, fell into the pit after blacking out and lay unnoticed for several hours inside the freshly-dug grave before a passer-by spotted him and dialled 999.
Efforts by paramedics to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead in hospital. It is not yet clear why he lost consciousness and fell into the empty grave.
The bizarre incident happened on Monday at a cemetery in Freixo near the northern town of Ponte de Lima.
The woman who found him told me his hands were cold and his lips were blue
Lucinda Sousa, friend
Friend Beatriz Fabiao said: “Everyone is in shock. No one expected this.”
Another pal Lucinda Sousa told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha: “I spoke to Manuel hours before he died. I still can’t believe it.
“The woman who found him told me his hands were cold and his lips were blue.”
The accident happened near the Portuguese town of Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima is one of Portugal’s oldest towns and was historically important as a Roman settlement on the road from Braga to the Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela and Lugo.
A gravedigger died in Sweden in 2007 after becoming trapped in a grave he was digging.
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Local reports at the time said he lost his life after getting trapped under a three-tonne container with earth he had deposited from the ground when it started sliding into the grave while he was still in it.
In September 2014 a New York groundsman was seriously injured when he tripped over a tombstone and fell into a freshly dug cemetery plot.
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