After waking, he screamed to be let out. His screams scared of two attendants who were on duty, local media reported. The incident occurred in the small town of Libode in the rural Eastern Cape city of South Africa.
The attendants called for help and on return found the man alive. An ambulance was sent to the spot.
“His family thought he had died,” health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told the Sapa news agency.
“The family called a private undertaker who took what they thought was a dead body to the morgue, but the man woke up inside the morgue on Sunday at 5:00pm and screamed, demanding to be taken out of the cold place.”
He said the public should not assume that a sick person had died and contact a mortuary, the report said.