Woman rescued after falling into vault toilet trying to retrieve phone using dog leash as harness

Emergency crews pulled the woman out of the vault toilet after she called 911 with her phone (Picture : Brinnon Fire Department)

A woman fell head-first into a vault toilet at a national forest after apparently trying to use her dog’s leash as a harness to lower herself and try to retrieve her dropped phone.

The unidentified woman in her 40s was using the toilet at the top of Mt Walker at Olympic National Forest in Washington, when she dropped her cell phone into the vault, according to the Brinnon Fire Department. She then went to great lengths to get it back.

‘She then attempted to dismantle the toilet and retrieve it,’ the fire department wrote of the Tuesday incident on . ‘After disassembling the seat and housing, she used her dog’s leash to try fishing it out.’

The woman eventually used the leash to support herself, ‘which failed, and she slid into and fell into the vault head first’, according to the fire department.

The woman was at the top of Mt Walker at the Olympic National Forest in Washington (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)

She was able to find her phone among the human waste, and used it to call 911 after 15 to 20 minutes of trying to get out of the vault.

The fire department and Quilcene Fire Rescue responded to reports of a female that fell into the vault toilet and found her as described at the scene.

Crews constructed a makeshift cribbing platform for the woman. Once it was tall enough for her to stand on, they hoisted her up.

‘The patient was washed down and given a Tyvek suit to wear,’ according to the fire department.

She claimed not to be injured and said she did not need to be transported, despite being ‘strongly encouraged to seek medical attention after being exposed to human waste’.

‘But she only wanted to leave,’ the fire department stated.

She thanked the emergency responders and continued on her way back to California, where she is from.

‘The patient was extremely fortunate not to be overcome by toxic gases or sustain injury,’ the fire department stated.


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