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Wauconda woman rescued after getting stuck in mud

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A Wauconda woman is thankful to be alive. It took 17 firefighters 45 minutes to pull her from the mud. Neighbors almost missed her faint cries for help. It was dark, steps away from a heavily traveled road and her body was stuck in the mud.

Snapshots show ladders and boards surrounding Jean Chin as Wauconda firefighters pulled her to safety.

"I was shocked to fall into the mud. It was like a sinkhole," 57-year-old Chin said.

"We couldn't just go in because we too would sink," explains Wauconda Fire District's Battalion Chief, Kevin Pyne. "So we laid ground ladders from our fire engines and made a work platform around the victim, and we were able to go out on those ladders and start digging."

Less than 24 hours ago, Jean Chin was submerged in a marshy area adjacent to her home. The 57 year old Wauconda woman was stuck up to her shoulders in mud for more than two hours Monday night after a line venture to clear a beaver damn. Her husband was at work at the time.

"I told him I was going to go out there but he told me not to go out there alone," Chin said. "Next time I'm going to take that advice."

Police initially responded to the scene after neighbors heard Chin's faint cries for help.

For Jean Chin, her story for survival is the best case scenario in an atypical rescue mission.

Jean Chin was taken to the hospital with the concern of hypothermia. Thankfully, there were no injuries to report.

Chin tells FOX Chicago News that this was the first and last time she will clear a beaver damn alone.

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