A woman had to be rescued by firefighters after she fell through the toilet of an outhouse in Washington state while trying to recover her cellphone that she had dropped.
The Brinnon Fire Department said in a Facebook post on Apr. 19 that it was called to Mt. Walker by a report of a woman falling into a vault toilet.
They discovered a woman in her 40s who said that she had fallen into the toilet well after she dismantled a portion of the toilet and tried to use her dog leash to try to reach her cellphone. She then used the dog leash to lower herself into the toilet well, but it broke, and she fell headlong into it.
She told them she tried to get out by herself for about 20 minutes before calling emergency services.
Firefighters said they lowered some blocks that she used as a platform so that they could help her climb out with a harness. They said they recommended the woman seek medical attention after being exposed to human waste but that she refused and only wanted to leave after being washed down and being given a Tyvek hazmat suit to wear.
She said that she was not injured and that she did not require transport.
"The patient was extremely fortunate not to be overcome by toxic gases or sustain injury," said the post.
They posted a photograph of two firefighters smiling in front of the outhouse. The post went viral on Facebook with 4.5k shares and 1.5k comments.
“I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and that was a first," said Brinnon Fire Department Chief Tim Manly.
The post said that the woman thanked the firefighters for rescuing her and continued her trip to California.
Here's a local news report about the harrowing incident:
Woman rescued after falling in outhouse trying to get phone www.youtube.com