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Boy rescued by #FRNSW after being stuck in drain | Illawarra Mercury

Boy rescued after being stuck in drain | Illawarra Mercury

The eight-year-old became wedged head-first down the drain, on Ena Avenue in Dapto, about 6.30pm.

Fire and Rescue crews and ambulance paramedics were called to the scene to rescue the boy.

One paramedic climbed into the drain and spent almost half an hour trying to calm the boy while another paramedic worked to free him.

Fire and Rescue workers used specialist tools to bend the metal of the drain to release the boy’s trapped head. The boy was checked by paramedics immediately upon his release. The boy was distressed by the incident, but unharmed.

Fire and Rescue NSW station officer Darin Sullivan praised the work of the fire and ambulance officers, who worked quickly to release the eight-year-old.

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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