Man's hand gets stuck in toilet trying to retrieve mobile phone

The man's arm was stuck inside the toilet (Photo: CEN)

A clumsy man who forced his hand into the hole of a toilet to try and retrieve his dropped mobile phone had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck.

The man had been using a squat-style toilet, which has a small hole, in a hospital.

In a desperate bid to grab his beloved smart phone, he held his breath and forced his hand into the hole to rummage around.

But not only did he fail to find his phone, he quickly realised that he had forced his way too far into the hole and was now stuck fast.

The man shouted for help and hospital staff at a nearby reception desk were alerted by patients.

Firefighters came to the stricken man's rescue as he lay trapped on the bathroom floor in the city of Erzurum in north-east Turkey.

They had to use specialist equipment to widen the hole in an hour-long operation, after first covering the man's face and body with a fireman's coat for protection.

The man's arm was bleeding when he was finally able to stand but he managed to raise a smile to thank his rescuers.

He was then handed over to medics at the hospital who were able to treat him for his injuries.

It is believed - despite his efforts - his phone was never found.