A man stuck in a catflap and another with his private parts wedged in a shower seat were among a string of bizarre 999 calls revealed by the fire service yesterday.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has spent £50,000 [$80,000 USD] in the last year releasing people trapped by everyday household items and furniture.
The examples of some of the stranger incidents to take place within the service’s area were released to show the kinds of incidents firefighters are called to when they are not dealing with fires.
One man had to dial 999 after getting stuck in the footwell of his car, while another needed help after getting his arm trapped inside a pool table.
Several red-faced members of the public were released from handcuffs and one unlucky man needed help after getting a ring stuck on his genitals.
- Four incidents involving people being stuck in the bath;
- Two instances involving people with their hands trapped in letterboxes;
- An eight-year-old girl trapped her arm in a vending machine;
- One man trapped his hand in a bread machine;
- One woman who trapped her fingers in a pair of scissors;
- Several teenagers removed from child’s swings;
- One woman who was stuck in a trampoline;
- Dozens of incidents involving people with rings being stuck on their fingers;
- Several incidents involving people stuck up a tree