A man who was rescued after being trapped for four days in a cave in Battambang province, Cambodia felt so helpless that he considered ending his own life.
Sum Bora, 27, a bat guano collector, Thursday said in a video posted from his hospital bed that he had given up all hope of being rescued after his shouts for help went unanswered.
“I had lost hope of staying alive and if I had a knife with me I would have committed suicide,” he said in the video, which was broadcast on social media.
Bora, from Sampov Loun district, on Sunday climbed Chakrai Mountain in Phnom Proek district to collect guano, but slipped and fell into a cave.
He was trapped there without food or water until he was located by rescuers on Tuesday night.
However, rescuers were unable to extricate him from the cave because its entrance was too narrow, and they left him some food and water to drink while figuring out how to pull him out.
Bora on Wednesday evening was finally pulled out from the cave by personnel from unit 711 of Brigade 70, who were flown to the site by helicopter.
In the video, he said he had initially been found by a friend who regularly joined him to collect guano on the mountain.