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100 emergency workers free man stuck in mud for four hours

By Mason White 4:34 AM March 22, 2013
Man rescued from mud in New York City 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man who was stuck in mud was finally rescued by more than 100 emergency workers after many hours of effort, according to press reports in New York.

The New York City construction worker at the Second Avenue subway project who got stuck in the mud up to his waist in a 75 foot deep tunnel on Tuesday night was released early Wednesday after a four-hour rescue of over 100 emergency workers, officials said.

It was unclear exactly how the worker, who was not identified, got stuck or what his condition was when he was rescued around 12:30 am. He was conscious and was being taken to hospital, probably with hypothermia, authorities said.

He was raised from the hole in a yellow basket suspended from a crane on the surface. When he came out, he was wrapped in white blankets and rushed on a stretcher to an ambulance in the middle of a crowd of rescue workers and photographers.

The episode, which was reported around 8:30 pm Tuesday, occurred at a construction site on Second Avenue near 95th Street. Ron Spadafora, an assistant fire chief, said the worker somehow got his foot trapped in a framework used in the construction and sank into the mud.

At 10:00 pm, a Fire Department spokesperson, said the worker was safe and that the emergency services were trying to remove the debris to free him. Officials later said that he had been secured with a rope, but it was unclear whether he was in danger of sinking deeper into the mud.

The Fire Department spokesperson, said about 130 emergency service Fire Department workers were working to free the man. He was given medication to keep him calm, officials said. Stephen Harding, a Fire Department chaplain, was also on the side of man throughout the incident.

By midnight, at least two Fire Department rescuers had been sent to a hospital with injuries from rescue attempt, the spokesperson said. One muddy firefighter who said he had been in the hole for half an hour called it “a nightmare”. The man was finally freed after 4 hours.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view