Firefighters: Boy rescued after being trapped in mud




Courtesy: Kannapolis Fire Department

By WBTV Web Staff – email

  • Posted: Mar 05, 2014 10:24 PM EST Updated: Mar 06, 2014 5:06 PM EST

A teenager was taken to the hospital Wednesday after being rescued from a mud pit at a construction site.

Emergency crews were called around 5:30 p.m. to the site, on the 1400 block of West A. Street, after friends of Za’Quan Clyburn, 14, went to get help.

The friends told officials that the group was passing through the site as a shortcut from one neighborhood to another when one of them walked down a hill toward a pool of standing water.


They said the boy thought the ground was solid enough to walk on, but that he quickly became stuck torso-deep in thick red mud.

The friends then went to a nearby house and asked a resident to call 911.

“I was out here on the phone,” said neighbor Tracey Garcia.  “I had just hung up with my husband, two kids run up and asked me to call 911 said there was a little guy down here in the mud up to chest, he had been down there playing I guess.”

Firefighters with the Kannapolis Fire Department worked for almost thirty minutes to free the boy from the mud.

He was then taken to Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast to be treated for possible hypothermia.

Clyburn was later transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.  As of Thursday evening he’s listed in good condition.

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