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Teenager gets trapped in Woodingdean goal net after challenge goes wrong
4:40pm Thursday 18th July 2013 in News
Shame-faced teen George Bolger had to call 999 after he lost a bet with a friend and got trapped in a children’s goalpost.
George, 17, who has just left City College in Brighton and hopes to get an apprenticeship as a plumber, was larking about with pals in Lockwood Recreation Ground, Woodingdean, when the incident happened.
He recalled how his friend, John Clarke, also 17, said: “You’re skinny George – I bet you can get through the holes in the net.”
George clambered through the metal netting. But he promptly got stuck. After about half-an-hour firefighters were called and used bolt cutters to free him.
George, who lives in Ovingdean, said: “I thought I could do it because I am skinny but it turns out I couldn’t get my hips or shoulders through.
“I was hanging there for about 30 minutes and we did not know what to do, so in the end we had to call the fire brigade. I wasn’t embarrassed – I thought it was hilarious.
“The firefighters were really nice. They said it was the funniest job that they had done all week. I am really grateful that they freed me and I won’t be attempting to do it again.”
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