Boy, 5, freed by firefighters after getting stuck in laundry basket

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A little boy had to be cut free by firefighters after he got stuck in a laundry basket.

Emergency crews were called to an address in Withdean, Brighton, at around 1:30pm this afternoon.

They found the five-year-old boy wedged fast in a bamboo basket with his worried mother trying to pull him out.

Watch manager Richard Chamberlain said: “He was just playing but his leg had gone underneath his bottom and he was completely stuck.

“His mum had tried to get him out with washing-up liquid but it hadn’t worked. He’d been in there for about 20 minutes by the time we got there.

“We were able to cut him out with a hand saw and everything turned out OK. It was quite an unusual call.”

The little boy was unhurt during his ordeal.

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6:05pm Sun 9 Jun 13

michael201273 says...

Has the mother not bought the boy any toys he shouldn't be playing with washing baskets he should be out in the garden playing and being kept an eye on no sympathy sorry
Has the mother not bought the boy any toys he shouldn't be playing with washing baskets he should be out in the garden playing and being kept an eye on no sympathy sorry michael201273
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6:28pm Sun 9 Jun 13

The last temptation of crisps says...

Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton.
Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton. The last temptation of crisps
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6:30pm Sun 9 Jun 13

RottingdeanRant says...

Hardly a job for the fire brigade, surely she or a neighbour had a saw!
Hardly a job for the fire brigade, surely she or a neighbour had a saw! RottingdeanRant
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7:13pm Sun 9 Jun 13

wexler53 says...

Does seem remarkable that the Fire Brigade had to be called to sort this out...
Does seem remarkable that the Fire Brigade had to be called to sort this out... wexler53
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7:38pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Poccypoc says...

Couldn't the woman or someone have pulled the basket apart?! Could understand if this was a coal bunker or loft hatch, but a whicker basket?! Jesus - some people are so dependent on the state to bail them out. Beggars belief. Hope the woman and her husband are charged for the call-out.
Couldn't the woman or someone have pulled the basket apart?! Could understand if this was a coal bunker or loft hatch, but a whicker basket?! Jesus - some people are so dependent on the state to bail them out. Beggars belief. Hope the woman and her husband are charged for the call-out. Poccypoc
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8:00pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Brighton_Toffee says...

The last temptation of crisps wrote:
Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton.
Like it :)

I am curious how the boy got his leg stuck under his bottom - that takes effort, even for a 5 year old!

btw, @RottingdeanRant: curious as it might seem to you, saws are not "de rigeur" implements in Withdean households...
[quote][p][bold]The last temptation of crisps[/bold] wrote: Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton.[/p][/quote]Like it :) I am curious how the boy got his leg stuck under his bottom - that takes effort, even for a 5 year old! btw, @RottingdeanRant: curious as it might seem to you, saws are not "de rigeur" implements in Withdean households... Brighton_Toffee
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8:15pm Sun 9 Jun 13

nocando says...

So what've we had lately. high chairs and laundry baskets? Is there really no one other than the fire brigade with any idea how to take things apart? People really are genuinely stupid aren't they?
So what've we had lately. high chairs and laundry baskets? Is there really no one other than the fire brigade with any idea how to take things apart? People really are genuinely stupid aren't they? nocando
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9:03pm Sun 9 Jun 13

BrightonArchitect says...

Nice to know out taxes are being spent on idiots!
Nice to know out taxes are being spent on idiots! BrightonArchitect
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11:06pm Sun 9 Jun 13

Sevensisters says...

Brighton_Toffee wrote:
The last temptation of crisps wrote:
Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton.
Like it :)

I am curious how the boy got his leg stuck under his bottom - that takes effort, even for a 5 year old!

btw, @RottingdeanRant: curious as it might seem to you, saws are not "de rigeur" implements in Withdean households...
Ever heard of scissors!
[quote][p][bold]Brighton_Toffee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The last temptation of crisps[/bold] wrote: Make a nice change from the usual basket cases in Brighton.[/p][/quote]Like it :) I am curious how the boy got his leg stuck under his bottom - that takes effort, even for a 5 year old! btw, @RottingdeanRant: curious as it might seem to you, saws are not "de rigeur" implements in Withdean households...[/p][/quote]Ever heard of scissors! Sevensisters
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11:32pm Sun 9 Jun 13

mimseycal says...

I must admit that my flabber is well and truly gasted. My kids have all managed to get themselves in some sticky situations growing up ... never saw the need to call the fire brigade.
I must admit that my flabber is well and truly gasted. My kids have all managed to get themselves in some sticky situations growing up ... never saw the need to call the fire brigade. mimseycal
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8:58am Mon 10 Jun 13

Crystal Ball says...

Surely a future candidate for a Darwin Award?
Surely a future candidate for a Darwin Award? Crystal Ball
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9:35am Mon 10 Jun 13

mimseycal says...

Nah ... The child is just exploring and getting into trouble which is what all (naturally curious) children do.
Nah ... The child is just exploring and getting into trouble which is what all (naturally curious) children do. mimseycal
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9:42am Mon 10 Jun 13

Anti green says...

Surely they could of charmed him out ? Lalalahhh lalalalalalajhhh....
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Surely they could of charmed him out ? Lalalahhh lalalalalalajhhh.... ... Anti green
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10:54am Mon 10 Jun 13

rolivan says...

How about laying the basket on its side and taking the bottom out. A pair of secateurs would have done the job in a couple of minutes
How about laying the basket on its side and taking the bottom out. A pair of secateurs would have done the job in a couple of minutes rolivan
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11:12am Mon 10 Jun 13

Anti green says...

Well, they are from withdean ! You know what they educated types are like. If its common sence your after ? You ain,t gonna get it !.
Well, they are from withdean ! You know what they educated types are like. If its common sence your after ? You ain,t gonna get it !. Anti green
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3:35pm Mon 10 Jun 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

Classic example of the fire brigade being called out when they shouldn't be. Even if she didn't have a saw, surely she has scissors or a knife. Or one of the neighbours does. It's certainly not an emergency and they should be charged for the service.
Classic example of the fire brigade being called out when they shouldn't be. Even if she didn't have a saw, surely she has scissors or a knife. Or one of the neighbours does. It's certainly not an emergency and they should be charged for the service. thevoiceoftruth
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3:36pm Mon 10 Jun 13

Dyno says...

I think I agree with the commenters here. Absolutely disgraceful that a mother let their 5 year old child play in a laundry basket when it should have been sat squarely in front of the television.
And a 5yr old child making a mistake. Disgraceful.
Why wasn't the mother watching their child like a hawk in the confines of the house. Everyone knows your supposed to watch your children 24/7 these days.
Finally, its appalling that the mother did not have a tool box at hand to deal with problems like this. Whats wrong with the world when a mother wont cut though some wood with a razor sharp blade when the wood is wedged next to their wriggling, crying child thats probably panicking. At the very least she should have carried the child and basket up to the local firestation to avoid them having to come out.
Its refreshing to see so many people here with the psychic ability to know exactly what Laundry basket was being used and know full details of the situation prior to posting. (Don't assume its the basket in the picture)
I think I agree with the commenters here. Absolutely disgraceful that a mother let their 5 year old child play in a laundry basket when it should have been sat squarely in front of the television. And a 5yr old child making a mistake. Disgraceful. Why wasn't the mother watching their child like a hawk in the confines of the house. Everyone knows your supposed to watch your children 24/7 these days. Finally, its appalling that the mother did not have a tool box at hand to deal with problems like this. Whats wrong with the world when a mother wont cut though some wood with a razor sharp blade when the wood is wedged next to their wriggling, crying child thats probably panicking. At the very least she should have carried the child and basket up to the local firestation to avoid them having to come out. Its refreshing to see so many people here with the psychic ability to know exactly what Laundry basket was being used and know full details of the situation prior to posting. (Don't assume its the basket in the picture) Dyno
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4:01pm Mon 10 Jun 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

Dyno wrote:
I think I agree with the commenters here. Absolutely disgraceful that a mother let their 5 year old child play in a laundry basket when it should have been sat squarely in front of the television.
And a 5yr old child making a mistake. Disgraceful.
Why wasn't the mother watching their child like a hawk in the confines of the house. Everyone knows your supposed to watch your children 24/7 these days.
Finally, its appalling that the mother did not have a tool box at hand to deal with problems like this. Whats wrong with the world when a mother wont cut though some wood with a razor sharp blade when the wood is wedged next to their wriggling, crying child thats probably panicking. At the very least she should have carried the child and basket up to the local firestation to avoid them having to come out.
Its refreshing to see so many people here with the psychic ability to know exactly what Laundry basket was being used and know full details of the situation prior to posting. (Don't assume its the basket in the picture)
Is it a fire? Is it a life threatening situation? A wicker basket FFS. I have a pretty sturdy wicker basket but I could cut through it with a bread knife.

Yes, actually she should have taken her child to the fire brigade rather than call them out. It is not a 'ring whenever you have a little problem' service. It's for emergencies. Do you know what an emergency is? Obviously not. Let's hope nobody burned to death, or was waiting to be cut out of their car, while they were occupied with this minor incident.
[quote][p][bold]Dyno[/bold] wrote: I think I agree with the commenters here. Absolutely disgraceful that a mother let their 5 year old child play in a laundry basket when it should have been sat squarely in front of the television. And a 5yr old child making a mistake. Disgraceful. Why wasn't the mother watching their child like a hawk in the confines of the house. Everyone knows your supposed to watch your children 24/7 these days. Finally, its appalling that the mother did not have a tool box at hand to deal with problems like this. Whats wrong with the world when a mother wont cut though some wood with a razor sharp blade when the wood is wedged next to their wriggling, crying child thats probably panicking. At the very least she should have carried the child and basket up to the local firestation to avoid them having to come out. Its refreshing to see so many people here with the psychic ability to know exactly what Laundry basket was being used and know full details of the situation prior to posting. (Don't assume its the basket in the picture)[/p][/quote]Is it a fire? Is it a life threatening situation? A wicker basket FFS. I have a pretty sturdy wicker basket but I could cut through it with a bread knife. Yes, actually she should have taken her child to the fire brigade rather than call them out. It is not a 'ring whenever you have a little problem' service. It's for emergencies. Do you know what an emergency is? Obviously not. Let's hope nobody burned to death, or was waiting to be cut out of their car, while they were occupied with this minor incident. thevoiceoftruth
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4:27pm Mon 10 Jun 13

mrs m ward says...

what a nasty lot on here, i doubt if she
would have called the fire brigade unless
the child was really stuck
and as for attacking the basket with
secatuars or scissors, i am so grateful
you are not my mother,god only knows
what could get snipped off in the
process!!!
Hope he is ok,it will be an event to
remember thats for sure.
what a nasty lot on here, i doubt if she would have called the fire brigade unless the child was really stuck and as for attacking the basket with secatuars or scissors, i am so grateful you are not my mother,god only knows what could get snipped off in the process!!! Hope he is ok,it will be an event to remember thats for sure. mrs m ward
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