Toddler rescued after getting caught in washing machine
FIREFIGHTERS were forced to resort to spanners and screwdrivers to dismantle a washing machine and free a trapped and frightened three-year-old girl.
The adventurous Bli Bli toddler had managed to somehow get her legs caught in the top loader, leaving emergency services with no choice but to take the machine apart.
After a 40-minute operation, the parents were relieved when their little girl was freed.
Maroochydore Fire Station officer Paul Clark said the parents were not sure how she managed to get caught in the machine.
"They were very calm, which was good for us. If they're calm the kids are calm as well," Mr Clark said.
He added that the fire and rescue experts had a challenging time getting her out.
"We had to take the machine apart completely to see how she was trapped," he said.
In the end, their rescue was successful, but at a cost.
"The machine's no longer operational."
The little girl was treated by Queensland Ambulance officers at the scene for minor bruising.
She was left in the care of her thankful parents.