Emergency workers battle for four hours to rescue Chinese farmer stuck in mud after silt pit collapsed
21:19 GMT, 29 November 2012
A team of Chinese firefighters battled for four hours to save a man stuck waist-deep in a mud pit after trying to dig a well.
Farmer Huang Changsheng was digging a water tank in his banana field in Zhongshan, Guangdong province when he began sinking into the wet soil.
Recent rainy weather had turned the field into a silt pit and Mr Huang soon found himself stuck up to his waist and unable to free himself.
Mud-dled up: Firefighters work to dig Huang Changsheng free after he became trapped in his banana field
Oh well: The 57-year-old farmer had attempted to dig a well on his land but instead sunk into the mud
Stuck in: Mr Huang was stuck so firmly in the wet soil an excavator had to be called in
The 57-year-old called for help but after several attempts by his friends and neighbours, firefighters were called to the scene.
Mr Huang said: ‘I didn't realize I was sinking deeper and deeper until the soil buried me to my waist line.’
Firefighters arrived an hour later and work began to free Mr Huang.
After failing to dig him out by hand an excavator was called in to remove the wet soil surrounding him.
Four hours after he became stuck, Mr Huan’s legs were exposed and the rescue team could pull him to safety.
Getting there: Mr Huang holds on tight to his neighbours as his legs are freed by firefighters
Big dig: After four hours of hard grafting by firefighters and volunteers Mr Huang came unstuck