Fire crews rescued a man who became stuck in mud near Neshaminy Creek while playing with his grandson at Playwicki Park in Middletown on Sunday afternoon.
Responders from the Langhorne-Middletown, Parkland and Lower Southampton fire companies used shovels to free the man and help him into a rescue basket.
The effort took about 30 minutes, and the man did not sustain any injuries, Langhorne-Middletown Fire Chief Frank Farry said.
“Thankfully the gentleman wasn’t injured,” Farry said. “After being evaluated by the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, he refused medical treatment.”
Responders found the man in a kneeling position with mud up near his waist, said Farry, who is also the state representative for the 142nd district. The more he moved, the more he sunk into the mud.
Fire companies are trained in trench rescue, Farry said, which usually applies to excavation sites. The Parkland Company received the call, and the Langhorne-Middletown Company joined the response after addressing a call at an Olive Garden.
The fire companies had to go through about 150 yards of woods before reaching the man in a flood-prone spot about 30 feet from the creek, Farry said.
It is more likely to get stuck in dark, wet mud than dryer surfaces.
“If you realize you’re kind of in that mud and sinking, try and get yourself stationary and try and prevent yourself from sinking,” Farry said. “Maybe broaden yourself out, have your legs go parallel to you so you’re trying to broaden your reach. Because the narrower you are, the more likely you are to continue to sink.”
WBCB’s Evan Easterling contributed to this report.