There’s a baby in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza…
Thus would have gone the famous children’s song “There’s a Hole in my Bucket” in this particular instance.
This 16-month-old little girl had to be rescued from the confines of a metal mop bucket by firefighters in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire.
Minnie Snodgrass managed to wedge herself tightly in the bucket as her mother Gemma mopped the floor.
Four firefighters, from Dearne Fire Station, used bolt cutters to free her and she was found to be unharmed, a spokesman said.
He said: "If we weren't here to rescue toddlers from mop buckets, who would?
"It's another example of the vast range of work the modern fire and rescue service is called to respond to and which the public rely on us for."
Minnie’s mother told the Sheffield Star how she had popped upstairs after mopping the kitchen floor when she heard Minnie's brother Matthew, four, call out.
"She must have climbed in and sat down and got wedged," she told the paper.
"I went upstairs to put some sheets on the bed and then I heard her brother Matthew shout 'Mum, Minnie's stuck'.
"I picked up the bucket and was panicking when I couldn't get her out."
She said her mother, Rose Cope, drove them to nearby Mexborough Montagu Hospital. Staff at the hospital called in the firefighters to get Minnie out and they arrived in minutes.
Snodgrass managed to film part of the incident on her mobile phone and the footage shows the little girl dancing along to the car radio as she is taken the short distance to hospital.
The fire service spokesman said: "Fire and rescue services still get called to an enormous range of incidents, many of which require specialised skills, equipment and training to deal with."
He said 1,400 "special service" incidents like this are dealt with by firefighters in South Yorkshire every year.Suggest a correction