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The too-tight ring – which was made from tungsten carbide, a very tough metal - was stuck on the man’s finger, causing him “extreme swelling and pain.”

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Dublin Fire Brigade spent over an hour sawing at the ring

Dublin Fire Brigade spent over an hour sawing at the ring

Dublin Fire Brigade spent over an hour sawing at the ring

Dublin Fire Brigade resorted to cutting a ring off a man’s hand using a hacksaw on Sunday night after a specialist tool failed to get the job done.

The incident unfolded when a couple arrived at Donnybrook Fire Station yesterday evening following an unsuccessful attempt to remove the ring at a hospital’s emergency department.

The too-tight ring – which was made from tungsten carbide, a very tough metal - was stuck on the man’s finger, causing him “extreme swelling and pain.”


But staff in the hospital were unable to remove the ring, and the Dublin Fire Brigade’s special ring cutter tool didn't make any progress either.

Instead, firefighters resorted to a “more traditional method” and managed to cut off the ring after about an hour by using a hacksaw, water, “a steady, experienced hand,” and lots of humour.

Thankfully, the man was completely uninjured and the ring was removed safely.

Joking about the situation afterwards, Dublin Fire Brigade said: “It's not often our firefighters get to deal with an emergency from the comfort of their station. I guess work-from-home is the new norm...

“A gentleman and his fiancée called to Donnybrook Fire Station following an unsuccessful attempt at hospital to remove a ring on his finger which was causing extreme swelling and pain.

“Using a specialist ring cutter tool an attempt was made to cut the ring, however, the blade did not make any progress. A more traditional method was used.... A hacksaw, water, a steady, experienced hand and lots of humour.

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“After about an hour the ring was eventually cut free and without injury to the patient's hand. The ring was made from tungsten carbide, an extremely tough metal.

“Despite all the 'advice' we wish the couple all the very best in their future wedding regardless of which metal they choose to signify the occasion.”

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