Olive Oil Saves Guy Stuck Trying to Retrieve Phone
He was caught head first between rocks as the tide was coming in
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2016 4:00 PM CDT
Olive oil comes in handy outside the kitchen, too.   (Photo: North American Olive Oil Association)

(Newser) – A man who got stuck head-first between two rocks on a Rhode Island jetty while trying to retrieve his cellphone has been rescued with the help of olive oil, reports AP. The strange incident happened Saturday afternoon near a fishing area in Point Judith, reports WJAR-TV. Authorities say the man dropped his phone and got stuck up to his chest when he bent down to retrieve it.

Narragansett firefighters and environmental police spent most of the afternoon trying to free him before the tide came in. After about 2½ hours, they were able to remove him with the help of olive oil. The man went to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia and a small injury to his foot. Fortunately for him, he has not been identified.