Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Warning after boy is stuck in basketball ring

Fire chiefs today warned young people to be careful after an 11-year-old boy got stuck in a basketball ring in Belfast at the weekend.



A total of five children, all under the age of 14, were lucky to escape unharmed after a number of dramatic rescue attempts across the city yesterday.

Rescue workers rushed to Moyard Parade, off the Springfield Road, after the youngster got jammed in the ring yesterday afternoon.

Fire Service group commander, Graham Crossett, has urged young people to be more careful.

He said: "In my 29 years experience it was the first time I ever heard of anyone getting stuck in a basketball ring. I can not work out how he managed to get into that situation.

"It sounds like an amazing story, but if that young fellow had slipped he could have strangled himself. We could have ended up with an unhappy incident.

"We can sit here and talk about this but it could have turned out differently."

The fire chief says it's not unusual to get called out to rescue children stuck up trees.

"We would get called out to children up trees on a regular basis, but there were a few more incidents than normal at the weekend," he said.

"I would just urge young people to be very careful."

Rescue workers were called out after three children got stuck up a tree at North Queen Street. Fire fighters used a ladder to help two 13-year-old boys and an 11-year-old down.

In a third incident at Carolhill Gardens, east Belfast, a five-year-old boy was rescued after he got stuck climbing a tree.

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