Chinese rescuers use saw, sledgehammer to free boy

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 11:45 AM
Chinese rescuers use saw, sledgehammer to free boy

A 5-year-old boy who fell into a crevice while playing hide-and-seek has been freed by Chinese rescuers who used a sledgehammer and saw to break through a wall.

China Central Television showed a helmeted rescuer chipping into a wall while the crying boy held up a sheet to protect his face from flying rubble.

Rescuers pried him out after cutting one wall with a circular saw for half an hour.

The state media report Tuesday said the boy in Hunan province slipped from a one-story roof and fell into a gap between buildings just 15 centimenters (6 inches) across at its widest point.

It didn't say when the incident happened or how long he was stuck.

He had minor scrapes on his face but no other injuries.