78-year-old woman found alive after 14 stuck hours in quicksand

Sharon Brussell had one of her legs sink in up to the knee.
By Evan Bleier  |  July 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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GRAND COUNTY , Utah, July 16 (UPI) -- A 78-year-old Utah woman endured a close call when she was stuck in quicksand for more than half a day, but she eventually escaped unharmed.

Sharon Brussell was supposed to show up at an event near Arches National Park and people became worried when she didn't appear.

After they were alerted, Grand County Sheriff's Office deputies began searching for Brussell on a bike path she had been known to frequent.

She was finally found in the quicksand with one of her legs stuck up to the knee after about 14 hours in the sticky substance.

It took four people to dig her out because the displaced sand kept sliding back.

The park employee said she was aware of quicksand forming in the area in the past, but indicated that it was a rare occurrence.

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