Firefighters are most known for entering burning buildings or cutting casualties from cars, but when 14-year-old Matthew Nealey got stuck in a swing, they were on hand to save the day.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to King George Park in Melksham at 6pm yesterday after his friends and members of the public tried everything to free him for an hour.
“Calling 999 was our last resort”, his mum Michela Connolly told Wiltshire 999s. “People deem it as a waste of the fire brigades resources but we didn’t have a choice we couldn’t free him.
“They boys were just out playing and they suggested seeing if Matt could fit in the baby swing. He isn’t one not to be the joker and that was it. It was quite tight and his legs were going numb.”
Firefighters from Trowbridge took the swing down from the frame and worked to release Matthew from it. It took about ten minutes, and was painless.
A spokesperson for Trowbridge Fire Station tweeted “we travelled into Melksham to release a young man who had got stuck in a swing. He was embarrassed but polite and very apologetic.”
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