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Sheriff's Captain Rescues Fishermen Buried in Mud

Associated Press

April 14, 2010

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) – A couple has cleaned off the mud after a nighttime fishing trip went wrong and left them buried up to their armpits in the mud of a North Carolina marsh. The StarNews of Wilmington reported Tuesday the couple were rescued after a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy in an air boat tracked them down in the dark.

The Coast Guard and a local water rescue unit had been unable to find the man and woman stranded between Oak Island and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Sheriff’s Capt. Charlie Wilson said he found them stuck in thick black mud around midnight Sunday and pulled them onto his fan-powered boat. Wilson said he learned the victims were fishing on a raft when it deflated and left them buried in the mud.


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