The boy inside the soft toy vending machine at the Australian Hotel and Brewery. Picture: Riverstone Fire and Rescue
The boy inside the soft toy vending machine at the Australian Hotel and Brewery. Picture: Riverstone Fire and Rescue

Boy rescued from inside toy vending machine

A BOY was rescued from a soft toy vending machine at The Australian Hotel and Brewery at Rouse Hill, yesterday, with the fire fighters who rescued him saying he was having the time of his life inside.

The three-year-old child, who can be seen inside the vending machine, stayed calm as the firefighters broke open the door of the machine and pulled him out.

"I asked him how are you my little man and he said he felt good," Captain David Richards of 083 Riverstone Fire and Rescue said after the quick rescue.

"We gave him a drink of cold water as he may have been dehydrated because he was inside for a few minutes."

Firefighters spoke to the child and reassured him while carefully opening the door as to not cause the machine to break and injure the child.

Captain Richards said they received a call from his frantic mother around 2pm on Anzac Day saying her son is stuck in the machine.

"When we arrived, we found the boy had crawled through the hole in the machine but was enjoying himself, playing with the toys," Captain Richards said.

"He was not distressed.

"We then used our rapid intervention kit which has door-busting tools to break open the door to the vending machine to take him out.

"The security and the hotel staff were fantastic and very helpful.

"This is the first time we have rescued someone from a vending machine though we had done rescues on someone's hand stuck inside."

The Riverstone brigade also was busy controlling the massive fire at Blacktown, being one of the many fire crews which attended the incident.

News Corp Australia

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