This is the shocking moment an injured man is spotted inside a grave after being attacked and left for dead.

The long-haired man had been thrown in to the tomb at a cemetery and its lid was sealed tight in a bid to kill him.

Fortunately visitors to a nearby grave spotted bloodstains on the casket and thought the tombstone had been tampered with so called in police.

Officers and cemetery staff were immediately alerted but what looked like a possible act of vandalism proved to be an attempted murder, according to the local police force.

Buried: The grave was opened

Firemen removed the heavy cover, and found a man lying inside severely injured.

The man, who was only identified by his initials VSFM, is a 33-year-old local.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and is in a stable condition.

Alive: The injured man was pulled out

The incident happened at the Caju Cemetery in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes, 280 kilometres (174 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Police have launched an attempted murder investigation.

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