A woman had to be rescued by firefighters after she fell into a toilet while trying to retrieve her phone that she’d dropped into it. The incident happened at the top of Mounta Walker in Olympic National Forest in Washington State, the Kitsap Sun reports.
- The woman had been using her phone in the bathroom. However, it fell into a non-flushing vault toilet. Not wanting to leave her device behind, the woman, in her 40s, took the toilet seat off and used a dog leash to try to get the phone.
- She tied herself to the toilet and dived in head-first. Given that vault toilets are constructed using a container buried deep in the ground, when the woman lowered herself into the toilet to try and get the phone, she ended up falling in head-first. As Brinnon Fire Department Chief Tim Manly pointed out: “[The leashes] didn’t work very well and in she went.”
- The woman tried to get herself out for 10-15 minutes. However, she was unable to remove herself from the toilet. Thankfully, she did find her phone and managed to use it to call 11 for help. Firefighters then rushed to the scene.
- The rescue was pretty crazy. The firefighters passed the woman blocks to stand on until she could reach a harness they’d lowered into the hole. Eventually, she was pulled out of the vault and the Brinnon Fire Department reports that she was thankfully unharmed.
- The woman was advised to get medical help anyway. Given that she’d been completely immersed in waste, there was a likelihood that she was exposed to pathogens and bacteria that could have an adverse effect on her health. The department said that the woman was “strongly encouraged to seek medical attention after being exposed to human waste, but she only wanted to leave.” Manly added: “I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and that was a first.”