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I found a cool place to hide; 999 call for boy stuck in fridge.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

WHEN young James Hunt was given the task of finding a good hiding place, he really got stuck in...

But the game of hide and seek quickly turned sour when James, seven, squeezed himself into a drinks fridge and became completely trapped.

He was stuck for more than an hour and had to be pulled free by six firemen. The relieved lad was unharmed and told his rescuers: "I promise I won't do it again."

James had clambered into the can-shaped cooler, which opens from the top, as he played with brothers Ethan, nine, and Charlie, four, at their home.

Mum Lynsey, 31, said: "Charlie came in to get me and said James was stuck in the fridge. I couldn't stop laughing because I thought he was joking. Then I went to see and realised he really couldn't get out.

"James had got in the fridge with his legs crossed, then his knees became locked against the side. We turned the fridge on its side, pushed and pulled and even poured warm soapy water over him but nothing worked.

"After about an hour I decided the only thing I could do was ring the fire brigade."

Firefighters put the fridge on its side and placed pillows under James' head. One of the crew then sat on top of the cooler to hold it down while the rest pulled him free.

Full-time mum Lynsey says she will get rid of the fridge which she was storing at their home in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, for her parents and was unplugged at the time. She said: "I've now found out that Charlie has hidden in it quite a few times. They're always getting themselves into scrapes - they are typical boys."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2012
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