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2 people collapse after drinking water at the office; their colleague found dead at home

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By Lee Hae-rin

The police are investigating a case where a female and male employee at a company in southern Seoul collapsed after drinking water at the office.

According to Seocho Police, Wednesday, the two workers drank water from water bottles at their desks in their office around 2 p.m. on Monday and said, "The water tastes weird," before passing out.

The two employees also said that they experienced difficulty breathing, cold sweats, nausea and cramping before collapsing. They were both unconscious when rescue workers arrived at the scene.

Both of them were taken to a nearby hospital. The woman was discharged from the hospital when her condition improved, but the man is still receiving treatment.

The police requested the National Forensic Service to examine the water bottles from the office. The results are expected to come out within two weeks.

While investigating the other workers from the office, the police found that another employee had been absent without notice on the day of the incident.

Then police officers visited the worker's home in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and found the worker dead there. The investigators said that they found no signs of foul play and presume that it was a suicide.

The police are investigating the connection between the employee's death and the collapsing of the two employees, as well as another case of a worker who got sick and went to the hospital after drinking a beverage from the office two weeks prior.


Lee Hae-rin lhr@koreatimes.co.kr


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