Woman freed from bowling ball

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 12:56 04/02/2014

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A woman has been left a bit red in the face according to fire fighters who had to cut her thumb free after it became stuck in a tenpin bowling ball.

Takapuna fire fighters were called to the Xtreme Entertainment bowling alley on Target Court in Wairau at around 2.30pm on February 2.

Station officer John Sweeney says the woman was wearing rings on her fingers and thumb which became wedged in the heavy resin ball.

"She wasn't injured at all, just a bit embarrassed," he says.

Xtreme Entertainment Auckland region general manager Nigel Wooding says his staff called on the help of fire fighters to ensure the woman's hand was removed from the ball safely.

"We could have cut it off ourselves, but we didn't want to risk it and thought we better err on the side of caution."

He says Xtreme Entertainment has only just opened the Wairau bowling alley and these sorts of events are very rare.

"Millions of people take part in tenpin bowling and this only happens once in a blue moon.

"I am very pleased with how my staff handled it."

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