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Man rescued from washing machine after getting legs trapped for three hours

Published 19/08/2015 | 08:04

Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue
Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were involved in the rescue of a 22-year-old man - from the drum of a washing machine.

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Officials from an Australian fire service responded to emergency call after the man became trapped in "a front loader washing machine".

Arriving at the New South Wales scene, the crew from D platoon were told that the man's legs had been trapped in the machine for at least three hours. 

"This job was interesting as the crew had not performed a washing machine rescue before however under direction from Station Officer David Cross the crew implemented a plan to extract the patient by disassembling the washing machine," the fire service wrote on their Facebook page.

Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue
Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue

"The washing machine had to be disassembled systematically and stabilisation was placed under the washing drum as the outer mounts of the washing machine were removed.

"Once the exterior of the washing machine had been removed fire fighters had to cut away the stainless steel drum to remove the patient from the washing drum."

The intricate operation to remove the man safely took just over an hour.

He was monitored by medical personnel for the duration and then transported to hospital as a precaution.

Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue
Credit: Bankstown Fire and Rescue

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