Russian teenager chokes to death in sunflower seeds

June 30th, 2012 - 9:29 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) In a bizarre tragedy, a 15-year-old boy working at a grain tower full of sunflower seeds, fell in and suffocated to death, officials said.

The boy climbed the 35-metre-high storage facility to control the loading process, officers in Krasnodar region said.

But he failed to keep his balance and fell inside, and sank to a depth of two metres.

Other workers pulled him out, but by that time he had choked on the seeds.

Russia is the world’s biggest producer of sunflower seeds, which are used to produce oil as well as consumed by people as a snack.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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