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Seven people die after climbing into well in an attempt to retrieve $1

By Mason White 5:43 PM December 22, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A group of poor people who desperately tried to retrieve a $1 bill that fell into a well, died after climbing into the pit and suffocating due to lack of oxygen, police in Cambodia said.

Siem Reap police said that 11-year-old Che Aun, was the first to die in the well after his father, 50-year-old father Tuy Chen, dropped the money.

According to the police investigation, after the 11-year-old boy failed to come out with the money, his sisters, Che Kea, 13, and Che Ratana,15, followed him into the well.

After a few minutes, they suffocated due to lack of oxygen.

Hay Chandy, 12, and his brother Hay Sangda, 20, went in after the two sisters, followed by Chhem Sokhy, 15, and Teab Puon, 32. They all died.

Only the final person to descend, Soy Peam, 27, survived, but he was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. The well is 16 feet deep.

The 11-year-old boy’s sister, 30-year-old Che Chhan, was at the scene and told investigators what had happened. She said that her family is very poor and needed the money to survive.