AFD Rescues Two Men From Mud Flats


by Natalie Travis




(Anchorage, AK)  Anchorage Fire Department pulled two men to safety from the mud flats along the Coastal Trail by Elderberry Park.

The 911 call came in after 5p.m., according to AFD, and sure enough it turned out to be true. In what could have been a life changing event, some might say these men were very lucky.

Fire official say they were called down to evaluate the situation and say APD confirmed the trouble. Then authorities sent out a rescue team.

 "We have people equipped at station 1 and station 4 that are equipped to go out on the mud with suits and gear, and we extracted them out with a stretcher," said Captain Kevin Wallace for the Anchorage Fire Department.

Those who claimed to have witnessed the event were holding their breath.

"I was biking along and I hear this lady screaming get back here, get back here, and I was wondering what it was and I see this guy staggering off across the Turnagain Arm," said 19-year-old Daniel Palacious. I was really scared that he was going to get stuck in the mud flat," he continued.

Allegedly according to those on the scene, there were 3 drunk people a woman and 2 men. Witnesses claim the man in the gray tank top tried to help his friend, who ran out toward the ocean.

"I think he was drunk too, while trying to go out there and save him, but they both ended up in the mud," said 16-year-old Lauren Fredericks.

 A bystander claims one of the men looked like to much cold had set in.

"He had hypothermia or something he was real cold, they were trying to talk to him, but he couldn't, he couldn't talk because he was so cold," said 20-year-old Robert Farris

It's still a little unclear how deep the men were stuck in the mud. One account claims one of them had been neck deep, others say they were just lying there.

AFD says both men have been taken to a local hospital and say at this time their condition is unknown.

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