On Tuesday last week, a man in Miaoli County’s Gongguan Township rushed into the Fire Bureau’s Gongguan Branch, saying he had handcuffed one of his wrists with a pair of handcuffs he had found and could not get it free. The firefighters were surprised when they heard his story, and first contacted the police to make sure the man was not involved in a crime. They then used a tool to cut through the bar of the locked handcuff and were finally able to remove it.
According to Commander Yen Chin-yi of Miaoli County Fire Bureau’s First Corp, the man said he had found the handcuffs abandoned by the roadside. Curious, he had played around with them and ended up handcuffing himself. The keyhole was no longer working, so the only way to get the cuff off was to cut through it.
When the firefighters had successfully removed the handcuffs, they saw that the metal had cut into the man’s wrist, so they immediately flushed and cleaned the wound with saline solution and dressed it with gauze to prevent infection.
Photo courtesy of Miaoli County Fire Bureau照片：苗栗縣消防局提供
Miaoli County Fire Bureau said it is common to see people with rings stuck on their fingers after wearing them for years, but it is pretty rare to come across someone who had handcuffed himself and needed to have the cuffs removed.
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
Photo courtesy of Miaoli County Fire Bureau 照片：苗栗縣消防局提供
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