Swedish rescuers free boy, 7, from washer

April 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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HARJEDALEN, Sweden, April 9 (UPI) -- Swedish emergency responders said it took about 2 hours to free a 7-year-old boy who became lodged in a top-loading washing machine. The child was not injured.

The rescue workers told the Ostersunds-Posten newspaper the Harjedalen boy's hips became stuck in the machine Sunday after he climbed into explore the appliance's insides, the Swedish news agency TT reported Monday.

Sven-Erik Svensson, leader of the six-person rescue team, said the group soon decided to dismantle the machine to free the boy.

"We worked calmly and methodically to avoiding stressing the boy. We pulled the washing machine apart bit by bit, and in the end we had to cut up the actual drum," he said. "It took almost 2 hours before we were done."

Svensson said the boy was up and walking a few minutes after regaining his freedom.

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