Firefighters have freed a woman who became stuck in a child’s swing at a play park in Sandown this evening (Friday).
1 appliance from Sandown was mobilised to the Steven Jenkins Rainbow Park off Fort Street after reports were received of a person requiring assistance.
The retained crew arrived on scene to find an adult female stuck in child’s swing.
Although attempts were made to release the woman with minimal damage to children’s swing, unfortunately a power saw had to be used to free the individual.
The swing and chains have now been removed from the park to prevent any further injuries.
The woman’s actions will now have a financial impact on those responsible for the upkeep of the playground.
UPDATE SATURDAY – Town Mayor Gary Young has today said:
“It is disappointing to see the Junior Swings closed off to children and families, as a result of inconsiderate and thoughtless behaviours, and we are doing all we can to repair the damage and make the swings available for children as soon as possible”.
Deputy Mayor Paul Brading adds:
“We spent last weekend, and during the week, repairing damage to fences and making the area as COVID-19 safe as we can do, and it is really frustrating that the anti-social actions of a few deprive children and families of fun and healthy activities”.
The Town Council are contacting the emergency services, and their insurers, and will be taking appropriate action to replace the swings, as well as take further actions to make the whole area as family-friendly as possible.
Cllr Young concluded:
“The Town has invested significant resources into the playground and skatepark, and the ongoing costs of repairs diverts our limited resources from other areas of the Town that we would like to invest in”.