Portage man trapped in waist-deep mud found after 2 hours of searching

PORTAGE, MICH. - Portage Department of Public Safety dispatch responded to a search and rescue call Saturday, Nov. 19 -- the man in trouble: stuck up to his waist in mud.

According to PDPS, around 3:40 p.m., the man said he was located near Sugar Loaf Lake at the end of Rolling Hill Avenue in Portage. However, when three Portage Fire Units arrived to the scene, they could not locate him.

Portage dispatch used the man's GPS location services on his cell phone to track down his exact location and maintain communication until his battery ran out.

While in contact, dispatch determined the man was on the west side of the lake in the wooded wet lands area. Search teams containing firefighters, a police officer, local residents and Life EMS medics were then sent out to rescue him. 

After an hour and 20 minutes of searching, a team of three Portage firefighters located the man stuck and pulled him out of the mud and onto dry ground, which took an additional 20 minutes. At this point, it was too dark and other teams were unable to locate them and assist in the rescue, PDPS says.

Fire, police, ambulance and Michigan DNR units were located around the perimeter of the search area with emergency lights and occasional sirens use to help the search time find the fastest way out of the area. After an additional 50 minutes, the search team found the DNR officer's vehicle and were transported out of the woods.

The man stuck was transported to an area hospital for evaluation, however there were no reports of any serious injury.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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