Trapped fisherman rescued
A fisherman who had been stuck in the mud for several hours was relieved to be rescued by police officers and firemen in Panmure last Thursday.
A resident of Kings Rd alerted the police around 7pm. It was a dog that first raised the alarm by barking in response to the man's cries for help.
The 40-year-old man was trapped from the waist down in the mud at Tamaki Estuary for almost nine hours.
The situation occurred after he accidentally threw his fishing rod into the water when trying to cast off the nearby jetty.
The man, who had been drinking, got into the water to try to retrieve the rod but was unable to move through the sticky mud.
Constable Dylan Hannah-Jones from Mt Wellington's neighbourhood policing team was first on the scene. He waded into the mud with a flotation device, tied a rope attached to the device around the man's chest and dragged him to a steep bank.
But the man was too weak to walk and the officer had to get assistance from other police and firemen who arrived soon after.
They strapped him to a stretcher and hauled him up the bank where he was transferred to an ambulance.
The man was taken to Auckland Hospital's emergency department for observation just after 8pm but was discharged around midnight.
"He was very cold, completely exhausted but extremely happy to see the police. There's no doubt if he hadn't been found that he would have either succumbed to hypothermia or the tide would have come in and he would have drowned."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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