A very young boy has gotten stuck inside a washing machine while he was playing hide and seek in the house.
A video has shown the moment a seven-year-old boy was rescued after he got stuck in a washing machine while playing hide and seek with his sister.
According to Metro UK, the youngster had to be rescued by firefighters in the bizarre incident in the city of Kharkov in eastern Ukraine.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was playing hide and seek with his sister in the family’s flat.
He thought he had found the perfect hiding place when he crawled into the drum of the washing machine.
But once inside, he found he could not get out again and ended up shouting for help.
None of his family was able to pull the youngster out of the washing machine so they called emergency services for help.
The boy was finally rescued
Four firefighters arrived and, after surveying the situation, came up with the idea of covering the boy in sunflower oil.
And it paid off as the youngster suddenly slid out of the machine, almost unassisted.
Earlier, they used a plastic fan to give him more air as he was feeling claustrophobic in the confines of the washing machine.
Once free, the rescuers checked him over and – once they were satisfied he had not been hurt – handed him over to his relieved mother.
The firefighters later paid tribute to the boy’s courage in shedding barely a single tear during the entire ordeal.
One of the rescuers recorded the unusual rescue operation – which took about 20 minutes – on his smartphone and the clip is proving popular on video-sharing websites.
Watch the video below: