Lucky they got him out all ok - i think they should make the machines so kids cant try doing this...Machine snares ball boy
August 13, 2007 12:00am
A DETERMINED little boy has given new meaning to going after the hard ball.
Fire officers were yesterday forced to pull the four-year-old from a ball-vending machine in one of their most bizarre rescues.
The youngster got in trouble after eyeing the prize at Tooradin Sports Club, south of Melbourne.
He climbed up the machine's chute to the point where witnesses said his head was showing in the glass ball-display area.
The boy then tried to climb out backwards but, with a ball wedged between his head and the wall of the chute, he couldn't back out.
He was left with half his body inside the machine, forcing club management to seek emergency help.
CFA officers spent 15 minutes easing the boy to freedom.
Club bistro manager Adam Rogan said locals were giving the boy's mother a ribbing but all had ended well.
"He's happy he's got an ice cream now. He's got a teddy from the firemen. He's rapt," Mr Rogan said.