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Drunk teenager ‘Sorry for highchair dare that led to 999 call’
2:30pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A drunken teenager who had to call firefighters to free her from a highchair has apologised for calling 999.
Amber Jackson, 19, was partying with friends when they dared her to pose for a picture after jumping in the toddler seat.
After being stuck for “some time” and developing pins and needles in her legs, the teenager had to ask emergency services to cut her free.
Speaking for the first time, Amber, of Goldstone Villas, Hove, told The Argus: “I do not think it was funny that fire engines were called and I do feel bad.
“But when I was that drunk I did not think about the consequences.”
Crews were called to the property at about 11.45pm on Sunday, March 18 and the rescue took about 15 minutes.
After being released, emergency service personnel said the girl needed help standing up as the circulation to her legs had been limited.
After the incident, Mark Rist, head of operations at East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said the force was not classifying it as a hoax call.
He added: “It probably came about out of youthful exuberance.”
A report to East Sussex Fire Authority said standard callouts cost £250 an hour.
But Mr Rist said there was a “minimal cost” related to this incident.
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