ROCHESTER, Minn. – Firefighters rescued a man trapped in a muddy creek bed Tuesday.
The 60-year-old man was doing some restoration work along the creek at 4135 45th Street SE in Marion Township when he slipped in around 11am and become stuck up to his waist in mud, rock and clay. The man was working alone at the time and was trapped for a few hours until the homeowner discovered him and tried to rescue him with a rope and a car.
When it became obvious the man was getting stuck even deeper, the homeowner called 911 around 1:56 pm. Firefighters from station #1, station #5 and the Technical Rescue Battalion Chiefs all responded.
It took crews about an hour to free the man from the creek bed. They had to use hand tools, an air line to disrupt the vacuum created by the mud, a hose line connected to a fire truck to dislodge rocks that were trapping the man’s ankle and a ladder with overhead ropes.
The man was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and was described as being in good spirits and not having any apparent serious injuries. The Rochester Fire Department says these kind of incidents can lead to hypothermia and a compression illness called metabolic acidosis.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross Ambulance and the Mayo One helicopter all assisted at the scene.