Trapped child is cut out of swing

January 10, 2018

A seven-year-old boy had to be cut out of a Moama swing seat after becoming stuck.

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy had to be freed from a swing at a Moama playpark after becoming stuck on Sunday.

Moama Fire and Rescue and paramedics were called to Moama Echuca Adventure Playpark at 5.46pm after a boy became stuck in the baby seat of a specially designed family swing.

‘‘His sister asked him to get into the seat, but he was too big for that particular swing,’’ Moama Fire and Rescue’s Phil Masters said.

‘‘We removed the seat and had to cut him out.’’

Mr Masters said it took about 40 minutes to free the boy before paramedics checked him over.

‘‘His legs had swollen due to the heat of the day,’’ he said.

‘‘He was a little panicked as a seven-year-old would be I guess, but he is fine.’’

In a message to the rescue team, the mother of the boy wrote: Just want to thank you guys again for rescuing my seven-year-old son from the swing at the Moama Sports Club. I was very hesitant about wasting your time but that swing nor his legs weren’t budging! Thank you for being so kind and reassuring to him’’.

Mr Masters said rescues like this were quite common.

‘‘Fire and Rescue often rescue people from difficult spots like fingers in drains, rings on fingers that are swollen and similar scenarios,’’ he said.

The seat is no longer in use and will be fixed in due course.

Playpark committee president Judy Teasdale said it was disappointing as the swing was donated by the Epicentre Op Shop about 18 months ago.

The two-person family swing is ergonomically designed and fits an adult with a small child facing each other.

‘‘I have no idea how much it will cost, but hopefully we can get it fixed as soon as possible,’’ she said.

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