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Child helped by East Jakarta firefighters after getting hand stuck in pool drain

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 20, 2018   /   06:29 pm
Child helped by East Jakarta firefighters after getting hand stuck in pool drain Firefighters and other helpers try to free a child whose hand is stuck in a swimming pool drain in Pulo Gebang, East Jakarta, on July 19. (kompas.com/Ryana Aryadita Umasugi )

The East Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency spent two hours freeing a child whose hand was stuck in a swimming pool drain in Pulo Gebang, Cakung, East Jakarta, on Thursday night. 

The incident was reported at 8:35 p.m., according to the agency's operational head, Gatot. 

"We deployed one rescue unit consisting of four personnel to the scene at 8:40 p.m.," he said as quoted by kompas.com on Friday.

The 4-year-old child was finally rescued at 11:20 p.m. following a two-hour procedure. 

According to Gunawan Hendra, an eyewitness at the scene, the child's hand became stuck in the drain. The child's friends, knowing something was wrong, called out for help. 

"Some women who were sitting by the pool heard the yelling and proceeded to get a building technician to help the child," he said. 

The technician then called the fire and rescue agency after he learned that freeing the child's hand would be complicated. 

"The rescue personnel had to demolish a portion of the wall surrounding the pool. A part of the piping was still stuck around the child's hand after they got him out," Gunawan said. 

The child was then brought to Pondok Kopi General Hospital.  (rfa)