7 Die Chasing About 75 Cents Down a Well
'Amount was huge for poor people like us,' says girl who lost 3 siblings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2014 10:43 AM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
Seven people died tragically in Cambodia chasing the equivalent about 75 cents down a well.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Seven people died from a lack of oxygen after climbing down a well in Cambodia to retrieve about 75 cents, police and relatives said today. The incident happened late yesterday in a remote area of the northwestern province of Siem Reap when an 11-year-old boy and six other people went into the well to collect 3,000 riel. The boy's older sister, Che Chhan, said their father had accidentally dropped the money when taking water.

She said her 13-year-old sister and 15-year-old brother also died, as well as four of her neighbors. "My youngest brother thought the amount of money was huge for poor people like us," Che Chhan said by phone. Police officer Muy Norn said the victims died due to a lack of oxygen at the bottom of the 16-foot-deep well.

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Jun 2, 2014 1:50 PM CDT
wait til the headline reads somewhere in the US
Jun 2, 2014 10:10 AM CDT
Uhhh just how do you die of lack of oxygen in a 16ft deep well?? It's not as if its some long, deep shaft into the center of the earth!
Jun 2, 2014 8:54 AM CDT
I don't think the cause of death of lack of oxygen, but methane gas poisoning. It's common for people entering shallow wells to die of methane, which seeps into the well from the surrounding soil. They are overcome before they have a chance to realize what is happening