Park injury: Pictured after the playground drama were ambulance officer John Presser with Jack Martin, Matthew Leahy and Beryl-Marie Leahy.
Park injury: Pictured after the playground drama were ambulance officer John Presser with Jack Martin, Matthew Leahy and Beryl-Marie Leahy. Blainey Woodham

Fast firies free boy from swing

SEVEN-year-old Matthew Leahy was trapped in a park swing yesterday and had to be freed by fire and rescue officers.

Just after 1pm Matthew and his cousin were playing in Carrie Englert Park, Tweed Heads West, when Mathew sat forward in the swing and couldn't get his legs out.

Matthew's mother Beryl-Marie Leahy said she called for help while her son cried in pain.

“Matthew and his cousin were playing in the park, which is just next to our home, when he got stuck,” Ms Leahy said.

“I called for help.

“The fire, ambulance and police services all came. They thought they would have to cut the swing.

“In the end they were able to pull him out. He was screaming in pain, from all the cuts from the swing.

“The fire, ambulance and police officers were all amazing, they calmed him down.

“They were just fantastic.”

Ms Leahy said that Matthew had some bruising around his legs and was very shaken by the event.

“I was also scared. I was shaking like a leaf the whole time,” Ms Leahy said.

“It makes you realise how dangerous the park is.

“The swing seat was ripped and that was what was cutting into him when he was stuck.”

Ms Leahy said she believes the equipment in the park should be checked for safety.

“The seats of the swings in the park need to be investigated for safety and even removed,” Ms Leahy said.

“What if a bigger child was stuck in there? It really is dangerous.”

Ms Leahy said Matthew was not taken to hospital after the ambulance officers gave him the all-clear and some lollies to make him feel better.

“He is resting at home now.

“The ambulance officers were great with him.

“They made him feel very comfortable while they were taking his blood pressure,” Ms Leahy said.

“He was stuck in the swing for 15 minutes before they were able to get him out.

“I want to see something done about safety in the park,” Ms Leahy added.



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