Boy, 5, Trapped In Washing Machine Tumbler Amid Lockdown

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

AsiaWire / Yuyao fire service

This Chinese family is desperate for schools to reopen after their bored son trapped himself inside a washing machine tumbler as seen in these images.

Mr Lu, from the city of Yuyao in East China’s Zhejiang Province, described ongoing disease-prevention measures which have kept his two children at home as a “headache”.

The dad-of-two and his wife called the local fire service after their five-year-old named ‘Lang Lang’ trapped himself in the narrow tumble dryer roller on 22nd March.

AsiaWire / Yuyao fire service

Rescuers had to break apart the couple’s washing machine and then saw through the plastic roller to free the bored child, fire service video shows.

Mr Lu recalled: “His mum went to the loo and his sister was doing homework. Nobody noticed when he climbed into the washing machine’s tumble dryer.

“He climbed in and couldn’t get out again.”

AsiaWire / Yuyao fire service

Fire captain Cai Quanlin said: “We dismantled the entire washing machine but found him still stuck in the dryer roller, so we had to take that apart too.

“The tumble dryer was very narrow and he couldn’t stand back up.

“We cut it apart with a saw and found his knee trapped on the side. That’s why he couldn’t extend his legs and come out.”

Mr Lu told local media he and his wife were desperate for classes to restart as China appears to have put the worst of the coronavirus outbreak behind them.

He said: “Schools haven’t reopened yet. It’s really giving me a headache having to mind him all day.”

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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