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Free Willy or I guess this is what you call a pipe organ. A must read about an 'unusual call-out' (but for mature audiences only).

hampshire_fireDo you recall our story from last September about the man with ring around the collar? That was the one from Newport Beach, California where the Costa Mesa Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue team was called to a hospital in Newport Beach for what the firefighters are probably hoping was just a once in a lifetime call. They used a rescue tool to remove a dumbbell ring fastener from around a man’s tool.

We don’t want anyone to think that this is strictly an American problem or that other firefighters aren’t up to a challenge like this.

We take you to the United Kingdom, slightly east of a land where the pipes, the pipes are calling. In this case it was one pipe calling one man. So much so that the pipe and the man became one. United, the man and his metal mate found their way to Southampton General Hospital.

But unfortunately in this case all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put this 40 something man back together again (which in this case meant prying them apart). That’s when the hospital’s top docs reached out to the people everyone calls when they are in a tight spot.  An I can’t imagine many that are tighter than this one.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service bravely answered the call with seven of its best. But initially even they weren’t prepared for what they saw. We will let you read the rest of this tale of love gone very wrong from the people who are expert at discussing such delicate matters in a frank, but reassuring way. Of course I am referring to the British tabloid, The Sun, where the article is attributed, I kid you not, to a “staff reporter”:

The crew used a metal grinder for the delicate 30-minute operation, after doctors at Southampton General Hospital tried to release him without success.

The medics failed because the restricted blood flow had caused the man to become aroused.

A crew from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service used the four-and-a-half-inch grinder (lucky it didn’t become the organ grinder) to cut the pipe free on Tuesday morning.

Afterwards, the patient was given an anaesthetic and although his willy was left bruised and swollen it was otherwise unharmed.

The anxious man aged about 40 failed to explain how the pipe had become stuck.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said today: “Initially the crew did not have the appropriate cutting equipment to free the man.

“It was a very delicate operation that required a very steady hand and the crew was worried about things getting too hot during the cutting.

“It’s certainly an unusual call-out and I’m sure the man won’t be getting into that situation again.”

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  • http://www.firecritic.com Fire Critic

    Gotta love the “Staff Reporter” remark!!!!

    It amazes me the things that some guys will………..

  • FitSsikS

    Hmm…nice as placement “CNC Cutting Systems…Torchmate”

    Obviously they failed, only 7 ffs assisted!

    As funny as it is this story sounds like a load of codswallop.

  • FitSsikS

    Opps I meant:

    Hmm…nice ad placement “CNC Cutting Systems…Torchmate”

    Obviously they failed, only 7 ffs assisted!

    As funny as it is this story sounds like a load of codswallop.

  • Texas Gordo

    I’ve made a lot of calls where patients were impaled by an object, but I have yet to make one where the patient impaled the object.

    I suppose this call she be handled as a normal medical call. Check your ABCs, and always check for sensation and a distal pulse before and after any intervention. Even if this is your first time (on a call), try not to let the patient know you are nervous.

    Remember that there is always a chance for great customer service, and the patient will appreciate a “happy ending”. Always make sure you document thoroughly, and don’t forget the photo for training purposes.

    Was this guy a Journeyman or a Master Plumber?

    I’ve heard of individuals appreciating the aesthetic value of a fixtures, but I’m at a loss about whether I would find copper or PVC more attractive.

  • FitSsikS

    Quote Gordo, “Was this guy a Journeyman or a Master Plumber?”

    Well….I did hear that he’s an avid fisherman and that he’s particularly good at getting worms on the hook.

    Nudge nudge ;) ;)