Cambodian man collecting bat droppings survives being wedged between rocks for 4 days



A man was trapped between rocks for nearly four days in the Cambodian jungle — and, miraculously, he survived.

Sum Bora, 28, was collecting bat droppings earlier this week when he got stuck in the rock’s hollow at Battambang province, northwest of Phnom Penh.

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Bat droppings, or guano, are used as fertilizer and sold for supplementary income by poor farmers.

Sum Bora, 28, got stuck in the rock's hollow at Battambang province in northwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Sum Bora, 28, got stuck in the rock’s hollow at Battambang province in northwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  (Battambang province Authority Police via AP)

Police said he slipped on Sunday while trying to get his flashlight, which had fallen through the space. When he didn’t return home after three days, his family became worried and reported his possible location to authorities.

The man was freed around 7 p.m. Wednesday, after roughly 10 hours of work. It took around 200 rescue workers to carefully remove him from the hollow by destroying bits of rock that had pinned him, police said.

In this photo provided by the Battambang Province Authority Police, rescuers carry Sum Bora, a 28-year-old man who stuck into the rock's hollow at Battambang province in northwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

In this photo provided by the Battambang Province Authority Police, rescuers carry Sum Bora, a 28-year-old man who stuck into the rock’s hollow at Battambang province in northwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. (Battambang province Authority Police via AP)

Rapid Rescue Company 711, which is connected to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s elite military bodyguard brigade, spearheaded the rescue.

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Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 35 percent of its 15.2 million people living in poverty, according to a U.N. Development Program report last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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