Austrian cops had an unusual job this week when they were asked to provide a blue light escort – for a finger.
They got the alert call from a local hospital when a boy aged 12 was admitted after tearing the digit off in an accident at a sports centre in the Austrian city of Linz.
The youngster had decided to take a shortcut by climbing over a fence, but when he tried to jump down the other side his finger had got hooked on the metal mesh, and was completely ripped off.
His pals who saw what happened raised the alarm and an ambulance arrived at the scene where the paramedics priority was first aid and getting the youngster to hospital.
The search for the finger because of the thick shrubbery in the area failed to locate it, and the search continued while the boy was taken by ambulance to the nearby Kepler-Uniklinikum hospital.
A police spokesman confirmed that officers had then helped the boys pals and others to search carefully for the finger, adding: “At that particular spot there was very thick vegetation and it was not easy to find the finger.”
After 20 minutes of searching the finger was finally found, and given a police escort into the hospital where it was successfully reattached. A hospital spokesman said it was too early to know whether the operation will be a success.
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