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Firefighters Rescue Man From Quicksand

April 10, 1994

SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ A teen-ager out for a country stroll with his girlfriend took one wrong step, then another, right into a pool of quicksand.

It took a half-dozen firefighters 45 minutes Saturday to pull him out after he sank waist-deep in the muck.

Jason Kizziah, 19, of Salem was walking near a pond when he got caught. His girlfriend, Nicole Northey, ran for help.

Firefighters working from ladders and wooden pallets placed across the quicksand wedged boards around Kizziah’s body to prevent him from sinking deeper.

After every few minutes of digging, all six would tug - some pulling on his upper body, the others grabbing his pants. Inch by inch, they pulled him closer. Finally, he yanked his ankle free.

Fire Capt. Jim Streckfuss said it was his first quicksand rescue in 16 years on the force.

The area is on private property posted with no-trespassing signs. There were signs warning about quicksand - on the other side of the pond.

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