Woman rescued after falling in outhouse while trying to make phone call

QUILCENE, Wash. (AP) — A woman who accidentally dropped her cell phone down a hole in an outbuilding in a national forest and fell into it while trying to retrieve it had to be rescued by Washington State Fire Department .

Brinnon Fire Department Chief Tim Manly said the woman, who was atop Mount Walker in the Olympic National Forest northwest of Seattle, used her phone when it fell in the toilet on Tuesday, The Kitsap Sun reported.

Manly said she took the toilet seat apart and used dog leashes to try to get the phone and eventually used the leashes to tie herself off as she grabbed it. This effort failed and she fell headfirst into the toilet.

“They didn’t work out very well and she went for it,” Manly said.

The woman was alone and tried to get out for 10-15 minutes. Reunited with her phone, she called 911, Manly said.

Responding firefighters passed her blocks to stand on to reach a harness, which they used to pull her out of the vault. The Brinnon Fire Department said the woman said she was not injured.

She was washed and “strongly encouraged to seek medical attention after being exposed to human waste, but just wanted to leave,” the department said.

“I’ve been doing this for 40 years, and that was a first,” Manly said.


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