Boy trapped in waist-deep mud while hunting with his dad, Alaska troopers say

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A boy on a hunting trip with his father became mired waist-deep in mud along an Alaska river south of Palmer, state troopers reported.

Rescuers freed the boy from mud flats along the Matanuska River on Saturday, Oct. 1, Alaska State Troopers reported in a news release.

The rescue took several hours after emergency crews were called at 12:51 p.m., emergency officials told the Anchorage Daily News.

Rescuers used portable water pumps to loosen the mud so the boy could be pulled out, troopers said. He was treated at a hospital and released.

“I’d say about every year we get one or two of these, especially this time of year,” Ken Barkley, Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services director, told the Anchorage Daily News.

Palmer is a city of 7,300 about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage.

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