KOTA KINABALU: A 15-year-old boy lost two fingers when he tried to retrieve his wallet from a drain on Wednesday.
The boy was walking home from school with a friend when his wallet fell into the drain which was covered with metal bars.
It is learnt that the boy had asked his friend to hold up the metal cover while he tried to get back his wallet, but the heavy cover suddenly fell and severed his index and little fingers.
Passers-by sent the boy to a hospital but it is learnt that the fingers could not be reattached.
State Fire and Rescue Department acting supervisor Mohd Zulfadli Mohd Usman said they rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 2.56pm.
“The boy had already been taken to the hospital when we arrived. Our men picked up the two severed fingers from the drain and sent them to the hospital,” he said.