A DRUNKEN teenager who had to call firefighters to free her from a high chair has apologised for calling 999.
Amber Jackson, 19, was partying with friends when they dared her to pose for a picture after jumping in the toddler seat.
After being stuck for “some time” and developing pins and needles in her legs, the teenager had to ask emergency services to cut her free.
Speaking for the first time, Amber, of Goldstone Villas, Hove, told The Argus: “People have been saying they think I’m stupid but I was drunk.
“I do not think it was funny that fire engines were called and I do feel bad.
“But when I was that drunk I did not think about the consequences or what would happen.
“I thought my friends would get me out. They tried pulling it but I just couldn’t get out.
“I do wish I didn’t do it but when you look back it is funny.”
Crews were called to the property at about 11.45pm on Sunday and the rescue took about 15 minutes.
After being released, emergency service personnel said the girl needed help standing up as the circulation to her legs had been limited.
Amber said: “I phoned the ambulance at first as I did not know who I needed and they told me to phone back for the fire.
“They had to cut it off as my leg was swelling up.
“I don’t normally get stuck in things, although I did get my hand stuck in a jam jar the next day.
“At least I could get out the jam jar; I couldn’t get out of the high chair.”
Mark Rist, head of operations at East Sussex Fire and Rescue, said: “She was quite clearly stuck in and was not going to get without the help of fire crews.
“She was reported to be having a party and it was all quite chirpy. It probably came about out of youthful exuberance.
“She was stuck for some time and they did not have the tools to deal with it.
“We’re certainly not classifying it as a hoax call.”
Argus commenter Mick Hepworth said: “I hope she’s sent a hefty bill from East Sussex Fire and Rescue for wasting time.
“Idiots like this should be named and shamed.”
A report to East Sussex Fire Authority said standard callouts cost £250 an hour.
But Mr Rist said there was a “minimal cost” related to this incident.
He said: “There is a full-time cost of being on duty anyway.
“Crews were not diverted away from any other call and at that time on a Sunday a night they would not be doing any training.”