16 October 2011

Toddler stuck in a drain

| johnboy
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Firefighters have been forced to remove plumbing pipe from under a house at Holder today to rescue a toddler who’s foot became trapped.

The ACT Fire Brigade responded with two crews to the Pearson Street after receiving and emergency triple zero call just after 11:30 this morning.

Firefighters arrived a short time later to begin the delicate rescue by climbing under the back of the house and digging up the pipe he was stuck in.

After gaining access to the pipe and maneuvering the boys foot firefighters were able to lift him free.

The boy went to sleep during the over 30 minute delicate rescue and did not completely wake up when he was removed from the drain.

He was checked over by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics and given the all clear. He has been now put to bed to continue to sleep off the ordeal.

[Courtesy ESA, photo Boy sleeps while being rescued from drain pipe]

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Good job rescuers, but has the ESA learned nothing from the Mitchell fire washup? Seriously, can they not engage someone with mastery of the English language to write their releases?

Poor little kid – sounds like a good result all round.

Holden Caulfield5:39 pm 16 Oct 11

Is this fair dinkum, or are you just pulling my leg?

Now he’s fine and safe, and has 16 or so years of peace left before this incident resurfaces at his 18th birthday party. By then it will be a joke even for him.

What a wonderful image and it also protects the little boy’s privacy.

Good work by the firey’s well done fellas. If the kid managed to fall to sleep whilst they were working then they must have been doing something right. Good news story. Hope the parents enjoy a stiff drink tonight, must have been pretty traumatic for them as well.

Poor little fella. With so many tragic stories about toddlers lately it’s good to have one with a happy ending.
Well done firies

Suprisingly our drain cover just lifts right off, is this supposed to happen?

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