Aussie firefighters rescue woman trapped by ATM

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 26 2012 05:04 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2012 01:05 AM

SYDNEY, Australia - Australian firefighters Thursday performed one of their most unusual rescues -- freeing an elderly woman whose fingers got stuck in a bank ATM.

The fire service was called to a hospital in Sydney after security guards found the women distressed with three of her fingers jammed in the slot that dispenses cash, ABC radio reported.

The crew prised the front panel away from the machine to free her.

"I've been in the job 37 years and never had one of these," firefighter Steve Webb said.

"She was in the main foyer of Campbelltown Hospital with the little finger, well three fingers, stuck up inside where the money comes out.

"There were about six security guys and four firies (firemen) and we couldn't understand how it had happened.

"After we prised the front panel away from the whole machine, it was just enough for her to release her hand herself."

The woman was being examined by doctors at the hospital, he added.

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