Firefighters pull man from mud flats

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man learned of the dangers of mud flats in the state's largest city.

Anchorage firefighters came to the rescue Sunday of 22-year-old Rick Aguilar, who became stuck in the sticky mud near Ship Creek on a fishing trip for king salmon.

His trouble began as he walked near the Port of Anchorage's small-boat launch.

Aguilar said he slipped and slid and was soon up to his waist.

For serious entrapments, the Fire Department uses a hose to blast mud with water but Aguilar didn't need that kind of help.

Two firefighters pulled him to safety.

Firefighters are called to Ship Creek for mud rescues several times every summer, said Anchorage Fire Department senior captain Mike Davidson.

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