Firemen had to be called in to save an 18-month-old girl who had somehow managed to get herself locked in her parents’ vehicle in the heat of the afternoon on Monday. (Pix by ERIKA GEORGE)

BINTULU: Firemen had to be called in to save an 18-month-old girl who had somehow managed to get herself locked in her parents’ vehicle in the heat of the afternoon on Monday.

When firemen arrived at the home of the family in Taman Chin Lee, the girl was crying, though weakly as she was believed to have been having difficulty breathing.

The 1.15pm incident caused her parents to panic as she was believed to have been already trapped in the family’s four-wheel-drive vehicle for an hour.

Bintulu fire station chief Mohamad Meramit said the family realised the child was missing after only about an hour and began a frantic search for her around the house before finally finding her in a weak condition in the vehicle.


Bintulu fire station chief Mohamad Meramit said the family realised the child was missing after only about an hour and began a frantic search for her around the house before finally finding her in a weak condition in the vehicle. (Pix by ERIKA GEORGE)

“We do not discount the possibility that the child had been playing in the car, without her parents’ knowledge, and somehow managed to lock herself in.

“When the parents realised where she was, they tried to get the door open but failed,” he said.

The parents then called the Fire and Rescue Department for assistance.

“As soon as my men arrived at the scene, they found the girl crying... she was believed to have been suffering from breathing difficulties as well as from the heat,” said Mohamad.

The firemen, he said, managed to rescue the child within a few minutes and gave her medical treatment on the spot.

“Thankfully, the child was none the worse for wear... she was handed back to her parents after that,” he said.

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