Aussie firefighters free man's penis from wrench

Firefighters used an angle grinder to cut the wrench from around the man's genital

TWEEDS HEAD, Australia — A man who got his penis stuck in a box wrench thought the swelling would subside enough for him to free himself. It didn't.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that firefighters were called to the hospital to remove the wrench from the man's penis.

"We use a tiny angle grinder that's air operated and use measuring tape to protect the skin and slowly zip away at it while keeping water running on it so it doesn't get too hot," firefighter Peter Sutherland said. "It's a pretty delicate operation especially where it is, there's a lot of blood vessels."

People try other methods and leave it on too long before calling the fire department, he said, probably out of embarrassment.

"The blood goes into the appendage ... It just swells up and by the time you realize, it's too late," he said. "We do quite a few of them."

No word on why the man put his penis in the wrench in the first place or his condition after the wrench's removal. 

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