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Man Spends 60 Hours Stuck in Mud

July 6, 1999

ALLEGANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A man who disappeared over the weekend was found alive Tuesday stuck waist-deep in mud at a gravel company.

Robert Fyfe, 44, of Limestone, Cattaraugus County, was immobilized for 60 hours before being spotted by gravel company employees.

Fyfe told state troopers he was chasing his dog at E.F. Lippert Sand and Gravel when he was sucked into the silt and mud near the edge of a water-filled pit, the Olean Times Herald reported.

Rescuers laid sheet metal and ladders over the muck to keep from getting stuck themselves and freed Fyfe with shovels and buckets. He was taken to Olean General Hospital, where state police said he was treated for dehydration.

Search crews had combed the area around the gravel company Monday night after Fyfe’s truck was found on the side of the road, but Fyfe was hidden from view by piles of gravel. Gravel company employees had been on the job for several hours before finding him.

Fyfe had been missing since Saturday.

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