Attempt to drain pond kills man

A pensioner has died in a freak accident in his garden.

Josef W. wanted to drain his duck pond. He climbed into a narrow shaft to pull out the plug – and got stuck head over heels. The man’s screams for help were heard by his wife who called the police for help.

The elderly woman managed to drag out her husband, 78, in cooperation with one officer. However, he had already lost consciousness at that time.

The policeman did not hesitate to carry out attempts to resuscitate Josef W. who died in a medic helicopter en route to a nearby clinic, officials in Dürnrohr, Lower Austria, said about yesterday’s (Thurs) incident today.