Two boys rescued from mud in separate incidents at Lake Redman
Emergency personnel pulled two boys from the "quick sand"-like mud at Lake Redman in separate incidents Saturday morning, according to a fire official.
Goodwill Fire Co. Chief Joe Hildebrand said that two boys had gotten stuck in the soft mud right off the shoreline at the lake, which has been lowered for a construction project.
Initially the fire company had been sent to the area around 10:30 a.m. for a report of 12-year-old boy who had sunk in the mud up to his waist, Hildebrand said.
While out there, the fire company received a call for another boy, about the same age, stuck in the mud as well. He was about a quarter mile from the first boy.
“He had sunk down a good a bit," he said.
Hildebrand said firefighters reached across the mud with ladders, and put harnesses on the boys to pull them out. Neither boy was injured.
He said the department had a similar mud rescue call about a month earlier.
Warning: The chief said the water level at the lake is down because of a pumping station being installed off George Street.
He warned that the area near the lake could be dangerous and said the mud could be like "quick sand."
“You can end up sinking the whole way," he said.
Hildebrand said people don't realize how soft the mud at the lake bottom is. He said there are places where people can walk where it is firm, but in rainy weather, such as the weather seen Saturday, it "softens up a bit."
“Just use extreme caution: If any area does look wet, stay off of it," he said.
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