Man Who Has Been Living in a Coconut Tree for 3 Years Finally Rescued

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In Agusan del Sur, a resident named Gilbert Sanchez has been living in a 60-foot tall coconut tree for three years. The Local Government Unit (LGU) said they have tried to rescue Gilbert several times but they were afraid to do so as they believe that Gilbert has a large knife and is allegedly mentally ill. In fact, this is their third attempt to rescue him.

Gilbert’s mother stated in an interview with News5 that her son has experienced trauma after he was beaten on the head with a gun by his alleged enemy during a fiesta way back in 2014. They suspect that he had developed a mental disorder which is why he decided to live atop the tree to escape from his enemy. The only thing his mother could do now is give him food every day. In return, Gilbert uses a rope so his mother could send him food placed in a Tupperware.

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Gilbert’s 19-year old daughter went to the area hoping that his father would coordinate with the rescue team. She used a megaphone to communicate to his father and convince him to go down. His siblings, on the other hand, are all concerned for his safety. The LGU even said that they worry about his safety too because there is a possibility that he could fall from the tree when a storm hits their city.

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However, some netizens couldn’t believe that it is possible for a man to survive living in a tree for 3 years. They assume that he was sneaking out during the night and goes back before anyone sees him.

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In the series of videos below, we could see the rescue team testing the net they are planning to use in case Gilbert jumps from the tree. A rescue representative also tried climbing to one of the coconut trees hoping to reach the man. They even had a crane ready to assure Gilbert’s safety.

Watch the videos here!

NAKATIRA SA PUNO | Sinusubukang sagipin si Gilbert Sanchez, ang lalaking tumira sa puno ng niyog sa La Paz, Agusan del Sur sa loob ng 3 taon | via Gem AvanceñaNa-trauma raw ang lalaki matapos hampasin ng baril sa ulo ng nakaaway kaya umakyat sa puno at doon na tumira.

Posted by News5 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

NAKATIRA SA PUNO | Sinusubukang sagipin si Gilbert Sanchez, ang lalaking tumira sa puno ng niyog sa La Paz, Agusan del Sur sa loob ng 3 taon (Part 2) | via Gem AvanceñaNa-trauma raw ang lalaki matapos hampasin ng baril sa ulo ng nakaaway kaya umakyat sa puno at doon na tumira.

Posted by News5 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WATCH | Sinusubukang sagipin si Gilbert Sanchez, ang lalaking tumira sa puno ng niyog sa La Paz, Agusan del Sur sa loob ng 3 taon (Part 3) | via Gem AvanceñaNa-trauma raw ang lalaki matapos hampasin ng baril sa ulo ng nakaaway kaya umakyat sa puno at doon na tumira.

Posted by News5 on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As of writing, Gilbert’s rescue has been successful. Watch the video below to see what happened:

WATCH | Sinusubukang sagipin si Gilbert Sanchez, ang lalaking tumira sa puno ng niyog sa La Paz, Agusan del Sur sa loob ng 3 taon (Part 4) | via Gem AvanceñaNa-trauma raw ang lalaki matapos hampasin ng baril sa ulo ng nakaaway kaya umakyat sa puno at doon na tumira.

Posted by News5 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What is your reaction to this incident? Can a man really survive living in a tree for 3 years? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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