Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Survival Blog: Stuck In Mud

A retiree decided to take a short cut across the tidal flats of an estuary and found himself trapped waist-deep in mud.

It's easy to panick in this situation and work yourself in deeper; in this case, although the man stopped moving (and thus stopped sinking) he was still in danger of drowning when the tide came in.

How do you escape from mud or quicksand? Fall backwards so that you are lying on your back, then work your legs in a bicycle-peddling motion until they are free; once your legs are free, you can roll across the mud to firmer ground.

Here's a pic of the old guy trapped:

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