Authorities pull two people from mud

April 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM

OAK ISLAND, N.C., April 14 (UPI) -- Authorities in North Carolina said a sheriff's captain freed two people who were stuck up to their underarms in a marsh's thick black mud.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Oak Island Water Rescue were dispatched Saturday after a 911 call at about 10 p.m. reported a man and a woman stranded in a marsh between Oak Island and the Intracoastal Waterway, The (Wilmington, N.C.) StarNews reported Wednesday.

Brunswick County Sheriff's Capt. Charlie Wilson searched the area in the sheriff's office's air boat and discovered the victims at about midnight. The pair, who were not injured but buried in the mud up to their arms, told Wilson they had been fishing in an inflatable raft that deflated.

"I pulled the air boat over to them and was able to lift them out of the mud and onto the boat," Wilson said.

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