A three-year-old child has been caught on camera falling through a broken manhole cover in southern China.
The little boy was walking down the street with his parents when he stood on the faulty cover and ended up falling down into the drains below.
His parents can be seen desperately scrambling to get him out of the drain, where they managed to pull him up. Thankfully, the young boy wasn’t seriously hurt, but suffered bruising to his feet. He was also covered in sewage when he was pulled to safety.
According to local media, a witness said: “There was dirty water inside and I couldn’t see it clearly, he fell inside but kept his head up. The boy was quite scared, he only suffered from some bruises on his feet.”
Police officers arrived quickly after the incident. They then called the street maintenance department who quickly fixed the manhole cover to avoid it happening again.
In a much less innocent manhole-related story, a man was rescued from a drain after hiding in there for 24 hours, only to realise he had become too weak to get out.
46-year-old Sopha Ardjalee had been trying to escape the police when he was found driving a motorbike without a licence.
Officers stopped him in Samut Prakan, Thailand and when they tried to search him, he got aggressive and made his escape.
Thinking he’d outwitted officers, he jumped into a manhole to hide the bag of meth he had in his back pocket. But what ensued must have been worse than jail time. The man ended up spending a full day in actual human faeces in boiling hot temperatures.
The first part of the footage, shot on a mobile phone, shows the police trying to restrain Ardjalee with handcuffs while he attempts to make a break for it by pulling himself into the drainage ditch.
After the struggle continued for a while, he managed to escape the clutches of one of the officers and drag himself over the edge, ripping his t-shirt in the process.
In the end, his trousers are also taken off as he slides into the drain and out of reach of the police officers.
Eventually though, he was forced to concede. A day later, Ardjalee can be seen in an altogether less bullish mood, forced to yell up through holes in the drain cover to ask for help.
After being checked over by medical staff, he was later arrested.