Man's hand stuck in toilet drainage trap for 9 hours

Man's hand stuck in toilet drainage trap for 9 hours
The man being taken to the National University Hospital after being rescued by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers.

A man's hand was stuck in the drainage trap of his toilet for nearly nine hours, after he tried to retrieve what is believed to be a ring which had fallen into the trap.

The man, who lives with his wife and daughter in an HDB flat in Jurong West Street 52, was alone when the incident happened. It is believed the incident occurred at about 1pm.

A neighbour on the same floor, who wanted to be known only as Madam Chang, said in Mandarin that the man's wife and daughter got home at about 4pm. "They realised that something had happened only when they got home," said Madam Chang, a housewife. "The wife came running to my house screaming, asking to borrow an electric drill."

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived at the scene at about 6pm, and took four hours to release the man's hand.

A spokesman for SCDF said the operation involved the officers having to carefully cut the drainage piping, and hack through the toilet floor from the man's unit and the one directly below, to free his trapped hand.

During the operation, SCDF officers supplied oxygen to the man, who was conscious and stable.

He was taken to National University Hospital at about 10pm, and was accompanied by his wife. His daughter declined to speak to the media.

Mr Kalpesh Panchal, 34, who lives in the unit directly below, said SCDF officers went to his house at about 7pm. They wanted to cut through the ceiling in the toilet of the master bedroom to free the victim's hand.

"They informed me that someone's hand was stuck and they needed to knock off the ceiling," said Mr Kalpesh. He could see the victim's hand and fingers from below as SCDF officers carried out their work, he added.

"His hand was very swollen," he said.

This article was first published on May 11, 2015.
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