31 Oct Essex: Firefighters rescue three men trapped in a tumble dryer | UK News
Three men had to be rescued by firefighters after they got stuck in a tumble dryer in Essex, the fire service has said.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to a derelict laundry site in Bower Hill, Epping at 6.35pm on Friday.
They found the three young men, all believed to be in their late teens, stuck in the industrial-sized dryer.
While two of them had successfully climbed in, the third had got his ankles trapped in the door, the force said.
The fire service had to call out Essex Police, the helicopter medical emergency service (HEMS) and the ambulance service’s hazardous area response team to help free the young men.
They used a range of heavy equipment and removed the dryer door so the third man could free himself.
All three were given pain relief and left in the care of paramedics, the fire service said.
Watch manager Glenn Jackson said in a statement: “It was a difficult site to access and we had to carry a lot of heavy equipment a large distance from the appliances to the tumble dryer and then use our expertise to free the men safely.
“We used a range of equipment to free the casualty’s ankles and allow him to crawl into the tumble dryer.
“The HEMS team gave him pain relief and we then managed to move the door, again using a range of equipment, so the men could crawl out.”