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Olive oil frees naked man from washing machine

A naked Australian man who became stuck in a washing machine during an ill-planned practical joke was freed from the appliance with the help of an unusual rescue device – olive oil.

The 20-year-old, identified only as Laurence, told Australia's Fairfax Radio he was on his way to take a shower on Saturday when he decided to climb into the top-loader for a laugh.

But the fun quickly evaporated when he realised he could not budge.

He called out to his friend, who rang the police. They arrived along with firefighters, paramedics and a search and rescue squad.


"He was very well wedged in there and we were concerned for his health and well-being," said Shepparton police Sgt Michelle De Araugo.

"It was just a game gone wrong. It would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed."

Rescuers tried in vain to pull Laurence from the machine, but when it became clear he was seriously stuck, they grabbed a bottle of his favourite olive oil to help lubricate his escape. The oil worked, and he popped out.

"I was quite disappointed they used my good olive oil," said Laurence. "As soon as the washing machine went on its side, it was a bit like a birthing."