Fujian man's head stuck in washing machine

FUJIAN • A man in China had to be rescued by six firefighters after he got his head stuck in a washing machine, reported the South China Morning Post.

According to reports on Chinese news websites, the man had put his head into the machine to check on the drying drum, as he suspected something was stuck at the bottom.

But he couldn't remove his head after that.

The incident happened last Sunday afternoon in Fuqing city in the southern province of Fujian.

The man's flatmate tried several ways to get him out, to no avail.

The local emergency unit sent a team of firefighters to the rescue, said the reports.


The man had stuck his head into the washing machine to check on the drying drum after suspecting that something was caught at the bottom. Six firefighters had to cut apart the plastic exterior and the drum to free him. He suffered only minor scratches on his head. PHOTO: REUTERS

The rescuers found the man lying down on the floor, with his head stuck in the machine, when they arrived at the scene.

It took them 40 minutes to dismantle the washing machine, by cutting apart the plastic exterior and then the drying drum.

He was covered during parts of the rescue to protect him from sparks as the machine was being cut open, the report said.

The man, who was unnamed, suffered only minor scratches on the head.

Last month, a two-year-old boy from Sichuan province was rescued after he got stuck while climbing into a washing machine, said the South China Morning Post.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2016, with the headline 'Fujian man's head stuck in washing machine'. Print Edition | Subscribe