Man Who Lived On Top Of A Coconut Tree For 3 Years Finally Rescued
Gilbert Sanchez from La Paz, Agusan del Sur lived on top of a coconut tree for three years until being finally rescued by police. He recently made headlines after a local resident posted a video of rescuers trying to save him. Since 2014, the 47-year-old man has been residing atop a 60-foot coconut tree.
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Gilbert Sanchez from La Paz, Agusan del Sur lived on top of a coconut tree for three years until being finally rescued by police.
He recently made headlines after a local resident posted a video of rescuers trying to save him. Since 2014, the 47-year-old man has been residing atop a 60-foot coconut tree.
The family decided to ask the local authorities for help in rescuing Gilbert just yesterday, on October 11. The video of how they were able to get him down the tree safely after almost an entire day was posted on the News5 Official Facebook page.
After several hours of unsuccessful attempts to persuade him to come down, the rescue squad decided to cut the tree down. Also, the rescue squad brought nets in case Gilbert decided to jump from the tree.
During the local fiesta in 2014, Robert got into a brawl and was struck in the head with a gun, according to a family member who related the incident.
Gilbert made the decision to abandon his family after that event and relocate to the top of the coconut tree. After the terrifying fight he got into, his family thought he had gone insane. He hid from his attacker, who he appeared to be so afraid of.
Gilbert has two daughters and is a widower. When giving birth to their second child in 2000, his wife passed away. He left his mother, who was elderly, to look after his two daughters.
His mother has been bringing him food, drink, and some everyday clothes for the past three years. She would place all of his son's necessities in a plastic pouch, which he would simply draw up using a tiny rope.
On top of the tree, he survived the sun's intense heat and the rain for years. He had not bathed in years, so his hygiene was poor. On top of the tree, he simply urinated and defecated.
Watch this video of Robert's rescue effort on YouTube:
A man live in coconut tree for 3 years,finally rescued by the brgy. Officials LAST PART
Many people have previously tried to save Robert since December 2014, but they have been unsuccessful. When people try to approach him, he won't come down from the tree and tries to scare them away with his bolo. Even his mother was unable to persuade him to descend.