Firefighters free toddler stuck in mop bucket

Minnie Snodgrass, who got wedged in a mop bucket, with her mother, Gemma.

A 16-month-old girl has been rescued unharmed by firefighters after she got stuck in a mop bucket.

Little Minnie Snodgrass managed to get wedged in the metal bucket after her mother, Gemma, had been mopping the floor at their home in Conisbrough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue came to the toddler’s aid after her family had rushed her to a nearby hospital.

Four firefighters, from Dearne Fire Station, used bolt cutters to free her and she was found to be unharmed, a spokesman said.

He said: “If we weren’t here to rescue toddlers from mop buckets, who would?

“It’s another example of the vast range of work the modern fire and rescue service is called to respond to and which the public rely on us for.”

Gemma Snodgrass told the Sheffield Star how she had popped upstairs after mopping the kitchen floor when she heard Minnie’s brother Matthew, aged 4, shout.

“She must have climbed in and sat down and got wedged,” she told the paper.

“I went upstairs to put some sheets on the bed and then I heard her brother Matthew shout ‘Mum, Minnie’s stuck’.

“I picked up the bucket and was panicking when I couldn’t get her out.”

Firefighters free toddler stuck in mop bucket

She said her mother, Rose Cope, drove them to nearby Mexborough Montagu Hospital. Staff at the hospital called in the firefighters.

Mrs Snodgrass managed to film part of the incident on her mobile phone and the footage shows the little girl dancing along to the car radio as she is taken to hospital.

The spokesman said: “Fire and rescue services still get called to an enormous range of incidents, many of which require specialised skills, equipment and training to deal with.”

He said 1,400 “special service” incidents like this are dealt with by firefighters in South Yorkshire every year.


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