Worker stuck in mud for three hours freed

Published January 11, 2007

FRUIT COVE - A utility worker was rescued after about three hours of being stuck in waist-deep mud at the bottom of a 15-foot pit in St. Johns County.

"Good," Jose Garcia, of Jacksonville, said when asked how he felt as he was carried away on a stretcher Tuesday. "My leg hurts a little."

Garcia was doing work for Berg Electric along a new road when he got stuck.

Workers put a flotation jacket and rope harness on him to keep him from slipping into water at the bottom of the hole, covered him with a thermal blanket and provided him oxygen during the rescue.