Woman Rescued After Trying to Retrieve Her Apple Watch From an Outhouse

A woman was rescued after she got stuck in a public utility building in Dixon Lake in Bagley Township, Michigan on Tuesday after trying to retrieve her Apple Watch, according to Michigan State Police.

In a news release Wednesday, police said conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan State Police (MSP) Gaylord Post officers and Otsego County EMS responded to the scene after the woman called the local emergency services.

MSP Seventh District as well shared the news on X (formerly known as Twitter).

According to the release, emergency responders heard a woman yelling from the outbuilding. Her Apple Watch fell into the toilet bowl, and in an attempt to retrieve it, she lowered herself into the toilet bowl, police said. When she was in the toilet, she got stuck and needed help to get out.

The first interventions removed the toilet bowl and made a strap “to pull the woman to safety”, the statement said.

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MSP spokesman Derrick Carroll said Detroit Free Press the unidentified woman took her watch before being rescued. The woman, who suffered no injuries, thanked first responders, Carroll told the newspaper.

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The police statement ends with a warning: “If you lose an item in the outdoor toilet, do not try to enter the protected area. Serious injury may result.”

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A spokesman for the Michigan State Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for additional information on Wednesday.

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Last year, a woman in Washington state was also rescued from a public utility building. The April 2022 incident occurred when a woman in her 40s fell head over heels into a public restroom in the Olympic National Forest in an attempt to retrieve her lost cell phone.

After the incident, the Brinnon Fire Department posted on Facebook that the woman first tried to disassemble the toilet herself. After the toilet was disassembled and exposed, she tried to go down the hatch with the dog leashes. The leashes did not help her escape the toilet, Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manly said in a statement.

“After 15-20 minutes of trying to get out, she called 911 on the phone,” Manly added.

Members of Brinnon Fire Department Rescue 41 and Quilcene F&R Aid 21 responded to the incident. Manly explained that the teams worked together to create a makeshift crib platform that the woman could access, so she exited the facility by first pulling herself onto the platform and then standing up to exit.

After the woman was rescued and uninjured, Manly and first responders advised the woman to seek medical attention for her exposure to human excreta.

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