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Firefighters Rescue Man From Quicksand

April 11, 1994

SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ A 19-year-old sunk waist-deep into quicksand before half a dozen firefighters were able to pull him out, inch by hard-won inch.

Firefighters, working from ladders and wooden pallets laid over the quicksand, wedged boards around Jason Kizziah’s body to prevent him from sinking deeper into the mire.

It took 45 minutes of digging and tugging - some firefighters pulling on his upper body, the others grabbing his pants - to get him out.

″I’ve been on the department 16 years, and this is the first time I ever pulled someone out of quicksand,″ said fire Capt. Jim Streckfuss.

The Salem youth was walking with his girlfriend near a pond Saturday when first his right foot, then his left foot, got stuck and he began to sink.

There were signs warning about quicksand - on the other side of the pond.

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