Praise for KZN rescuers who saved girl with cooking oil

2016-09-07 15:56
An 8-year-old girl has been rescued from a pipe. (Supplied)

An 8-year-old girl has been rescued from a pipe. (Supplied)

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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for health has heaped praise on emergency personnel who rescued an 8-year-old girl who was trapped in a pipe on the province's south coast on Tuesday - with the help of cooking oil.

According to a statement issued by KZN emergency medical services, MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo congratulated medics and firefighters who had rushed to the girl's aid.

She had become wedged in a steel pipe which projected from the ground and had been put in place to protect a water fixture at St Faith's, inland of Port Shepstone.

She was trapped for nearly three hours.

"She was stuck about half way down a vertical steel pipe that was about 1.5m tall and about 40cm in diameter."

"What complicated the rescue mission was a jagged piece of steel that was fixed horizontally about half way down in the pipe; her legs were trapped under this piece of metal and the jagged metal which was digging into her leg made it difficult to pull her out. Rescuers at first tried to remove the piece of steel that was in the pipe by unscrewing the external screws that fixated the metal piece. This plan failed as screws were found to be rusted and couldn't be unscrewed," the release read.

Rescuers then decided to use cooking oil to make the inside of the pipe slippery.

"One rescuer put his hand over the jagged piece of metal while another rescuer managed to reach his hand down the pipe, behind the girls back and managed to grab her shoe. They then, with her assistance, managed to manipulate her legs and untangled her out of the pipe."

The girl was transported by ambulance in a stable condition to the Port Shepstone provincial hospital.

"The girl's mother was very happy and relieved after this ordeal but was informed that the girl would need to be transported to hospital for a further examination and monitoring."

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