Man’s arm gets stuck in toilet bowl while chasing lost phone (w/gallery)

Published: June 5, 2014

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A man in China got his hand stuck in a filthy cesspit when he reached in to try to retrieve his beloved mobile phone.


A man in China got his hand stuck in a filthy cesspit when he reached in to try to retrieve his beloved mobile phone.

Chen Ho was sitting on the public lavatory in Jianyang city in Sichuan province talking to a pal when the mobile telephone suddenly fell out of his hand and down the loo.

Connected to a deep cesspit, Chen rolled up his sleeves and fished about for the device.

“Unfortunately, my hand and arm became wedged in all this muck,” he said. “The smell was appalling and by the time firemen arrived my arm was terribly swollen. I forgot I had a cut on my hand and I think it got infected.

“It was most embarrassing. When firemen arrived they used a towel to wrap my arm up as best they could and and then dug up the tiles around the toilet to broaden the space to try to lever it out. It went on forever but about six hours after I sat on the loo I was free.”

He said at first he had not wanted to call for help, embarrassed at his situation.

His smartphone was new, he said, and added: “I couldn’t bear the thought of not having it.  But getting it back did me no good – the thing was ruined.”

A fire brigade spokesman said: “You wouldn’t believe the call outs we have in this district for possessions that have gone missing down the white bowl – phones, false teeth, even a Swiss army knife, although what that was doing in the toilet I have no idea.

“At least those people did the right thing by calling the professionals. We do not recommend DIY retrievals.”

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