SINGAPORE - He just wanted to clear the pipe in his flat, but the simple act of housecleaning turned into a 10-hour ordeal when his arm got stuck.
The man in his 60s had his arm stuck up to the shoulder and he shouted himself hoarse trying to get help, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Thursday (Feb 23).
He was alone in the house as his wife had gone to work, the Chinese evening daily said.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they got a call for help at about 7.20pm at Block 671, Hougang Avenue 8.
This was more than six hours after the man had got stuck. A neighbour who heard his cries a second time thought something could be wrong, and went to check.
The trapped man told Wanbao that his arm went numb. He also felt faint from squatting too long.
"I thought it was going to fall off," he said.
After rescuers came, it took another three hours to release him.
SCDF officers cut the pipe and drilled the floor of the seventh-floor unit through to the ceiling of the flat below. Their paramedics administered oxygen to the man.
A medical team from Tan Tock Seng Hospital was also activated to monitor his situation.
He was later taken to the hospital by the medical team.
Debris and dust covered the kitchen of the flat below after the operation.
SCDF sent one fire engine, one fire bike, one ambulance and two support vehicles to the rescue.