Two married police officers met an unlikely demise in Russia’s Volga federal district after suffocating from cesspool fumes, the local news website 4vsar.ru said on Wednesday.
The man of the family, a 35-year-old officer whose name was withheld, was repairing the sewer system in his house in the village of Tarkhany in the Saratov region, the report said.
While working, he busted a hole in the 4-meter-deep cesspool, but then suffocated from the fumes rising from it, 4vsar.ru said.
His wife, who was also a police officer, tried to pull him out but fainted from of the fumes, falling into the cesspool and drowning in its contents, the report said.
An investigation into the incident has been opened.