Sunday, January 15, 2006

Hide-and-seek goes topsy-turvy

A man had to be rescued after becoming wedged in a washing machine while playing a game with his children, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

A fire officer pulled Robin Toom, 38, out of the machine after Toom became trapped while playing hide-and-seek, according to Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

"I just hopped in there and couldn't even get the lid down, and the kids came in and said, 'Ha, ha! We found you,"' Toom told the newspaper.

Toom, of the Queensland city of Townsville, waited for an hour with his knees pressed to his chest before being rescued by local fire squad member Dave Dillon, the paper reported.

Rather than dismantling the washer, Dillon reached into the machine and pulled out Toom's wedged foot.

Toom said he planned to change the rules of hide-and-seek for his children.

"I hope they don't go hiding in any washing machines now," he said.



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