Playtime’s over – red faced schoolgirls rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in baby swing
What started as harmless child’s play soon turned serious for two red-faced schoolgirls – after they got stuck in a BABY SWING and had to call the fire brigade.
Rebecca Dobinson, 13, and Ellie Naylor, 12, were playing in the park at Brayton Community Centre, in Brayton, Selby, when they thought it might be funny to climb into a baby swing back-to-back.
The girls soon realised their game had backfired when they became wedged in the swing, and had to call for emergency help to get them out.
The pair, who were stuck in the swing for more than 20 minutes, attempted to wriggle free, but eventually accepted their fate and waited for firefighters to cut them loose.
An ambulance was called to the scene to treat Ellie – who had a panic attack while trapped in the swing – and take Rebecca to hospital with minor bruising.
But the ordeal didn’t stop there, as when the girls returned to school the next day, they said they were mortified to find their friends had caught the whole episode on camera and posted it on social media.
Rebecca said: “We were daring each other to get in the swing, so we both decided to get in for a laugh.
“I sat in, and Ellie stood up, but when she tried to sit down, she couldn’t.
“But then she found she couldn’t get out either, because her legs were stuck.
“I was getting crushed by the bar and she started to panic, so we had to ring for the fire brigade.
“Our other friends were there taking photos and videos and everyone at school had seen it on Snapchat and Facebook.”
But while the girls’ friends saw the funny side, Rebecca’s mum Anna McCulloch said she wasn’t best pleased with their stunt.
She said: “When I arrived and saw her I just laughed.
“They were stuck in there for well over 20 minutes.
“Five firemen had to attend, and when they couldn’t get them out of the swing, they had to cut them out.
“The firemen were laughing as well but while it seemed funny at first there were big consequences.
“Rebecca went to hospital but only had bruising.
“Her friend had a panic attack because they were stuck there for so long.”
“They wasted the Fire Service’s time and resources, when they could have been needed somewhere else.”
Peter Hudson, Group Manager at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Whilst we don’t want to stop people having fun, we do want them to be aware of the risks of this type of incident.
“There is not only the risk of injury to the individual themselves, but also the risk that whilst the emergency services are assisting at this type of incident, they are not available to attend other emergencies.”