Thursday 14 December 2017

Toddler trapped in mum's car thinks rescue is great fun

Firefighters rescue 14-month-old Brandon from his mother’s car
Firefighters rescue 14-month-old Brandon from his mother’s car

Niamh McIntyre

Firefighters in Cornwall have rescued a giggling toddler who had locked himself in his mother's car.

His mother, Kirsty Green, was loading the car with shopping in Bude when she realised 14-month-old Brandon had activated the car's central locking system.

A grinning Brandon can be seen in social media photos clutching the steering wheel while firefighters try to free him.

"I was a bit panicky at first, wondering how I was going to get him out, but luckily a few other shoppers quickly came to help me out and one lady working in Lidl phoned 101," said Ms Green.

She described the rescue crews from Bude Fire Station as "amazing" and "a credit to the community".

The fire crews were at first using small hand tools to try to free the toddler, but after they saw him put a coin in his mouth they smashed the car's rear window and climbed through.


Ms Green said she started to panic, worrying that Brandon might choke on the coin.

Bude Community Fire Station said on Twitter: "While one pump was dealing with a scrap fire another appliance was mobilised to an infant locked in a car. You can see that our watch manager is a natural, keeping the infant entertained while crews gained entry."


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