Suicidal Teen Traps Self In Sewer After Fight With Mum

CENPublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

A suicidal teenager who jumped off a bridge trapped herself in a narrow sewer for six hours because her mum had slapped her during an argument and she refused to be rescued.

The 19-year-old, whose name was not given, jumped off a low bridge into a river, but she soon disappeared into the drain tunnel after surviving the suicide attempt.

Police and the fire service in Shenzhen City’s Pingshan District in South China’s Guangdong Province gave chase from the conduit opening, but the teenager refused to be helped.

"We saw the girl at the mouth of the tunnel, but the more we tried to help her, the deeper into the sewers she climbed," officer Luo Zhenhua said.

The girl continued into the increasingly narrow sewer and trapped herself after 120 metres (393 feet), rescuers said.

The fire service drilled a hole into the drainage tunnel from the road surface, lowering rescuers into the sewer to find her about four hours into the ordeal.

However, she again refused to be helped - and rejected food and water given to her too.

In the end, rescuers chased her back the way she came and after nearly six hours managed to carry her out of the mouth of the drainage tunnel.

The authorities said the girl appeared to be very weak. She was taken to hospital for treatment and is not in life-threatening condition.

It is still unclear what exact triggered the argument between the teenager and her mum.

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