WAUCONDA, Ill., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman spent hours buried up to her shoulders in mud after she fell in while trying to remove a beaver dam, emergency workers say.
Wauconda Fire Lt. Bill Hoover said the woman got stuck at about 6 p.m. Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. She was rescued after 10:30 p.m. when someone finally heard her calling for help.
The rescue was a complicated process, Hoover said. Workers from several districts built a temporary path using boards, then dug the mud out from around the woman and used a harness to lift her out.
Once free of the mud, she was taken to a local hospital.
Hoover said the rescue was an unusual one. He said the woman was basically sucked into the mud.
"If you've ever walked around a mucky area where you lose your shoe -- that's what happened," Hoover said.
Wauconda is a small town about 40 miles northwest of Chicago and home to the Wauconda Bog Nature Preserve, a national natural landmark.
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