Girl rescued after getting stuck in storm drain

Girl named locally as Ella Birchenough being rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain Credit: Tim Richards/PA Wire

A teenage girl had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck down a storm drain while trying to retrieve her mobile phone.

The girl, named locally as Ella Birchenough, squeezed down the hole trying to fetch her phone in Eaves Road, Dover in Kent.

The 16-year-old became stuck fast in front of a group of onlookers, including her mother, according to witness Tim Richards.

Mobile phone shop employee Mr Richards, 22, was driving home with his mother when he saw Ella up to her waist in the drain, and they pulled over.

He said:

It's not the type of thing you see every day. It was pretty weird. She was more concerned about getting her phone back rather than getting herself out of the drain. My mum knows her mum and she went to call on her. She was a bit panicky thinking Ella was going to sink, but when she came down to see she saw the funny side.

Mr Richards said Ella at one point managed to inch herself out - but promptly went back in before becoming "completely stuck".

The 16-year-old (L) after she had been rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain Credit: Tim Richards/PA Wire

Ella's efforts proved to be in vain - because the phone is broken. She revealed the first thing she did when she emerged was to dash home for a bath.

She told KentOnline:

I was talking to somebody and I went to put my phone in my pocket and it fell down the drain. I thought to myself, 'I'm not leaving this' and I jumped down to get it. I wasn't really even stuck, I just needed somebody to help lift me out but my mum got all panicky. When they pulled me out I ran straight home and jumped in the bath. I think it was just water but I wasn't taking any chances.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said one fire engine was sent to deal with the incident at around 7.15pm yesterday and that the girl was uninjured.