Video Credit: AsiaWire
This video – seen nearly three million times in one day – shows firefighters freeing a man who trapped his entire arm down a squat toilet while looking for an escaped fish.
The man is seen lying on the tiles of his workers’ dormitory toilet, barely able to move as his right arm remains lodged in the pipes.
He later revealed that he had been trying to find a fish which he head been keeping for his dinner in a bucket in the bathroom and it had slipped out of his hands and into the porcelain toilet.
Rescuers were called to save him on 3rd October and could only slowly chisel away at the porcelain and concrete.
Footage from Taijiang County in Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, which is in south-western China’s Guizhou Province, shows members of the fire service covering the man’s face with clothing as they work away at the toilet.
The unusual rescue operation took a reported 30 minutes, with the relieved man liberated from his squat toilet with his right arm intact.
The swollen limb was fortunately not cut, and he suffered no broken bones during the ordeal.
The authorities said the worker later revealed he had been keeping a fish in the dormitory toilet and was planning to turn it into his dinner.
When he presumably brought it out to clean and cook it, the fish leapt out of his hands into the pipes of the squat toilet, leaving the man scrambling to recapture his supper.
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