SENECA, S.C. --
An 11-year-old girl was rescued after being stuck past her waist in mud on Tuesday, fire officials said.
It happened at about 5:30 p.m. at the end of Parris Drive in Seneca.
First arriving firefighters found the girl down a washed-out road behind her home. She was submerged up to her ribs in an area near a small creek bed, officials said.
Firefighters used a ladder rope and a harness to secure her. A shovel was used to create an air pocket around her and she was lifted out, officials said.
She was taken to a local hospital for observation, fire officials said.
She had become stuck when she and her 14-year-old brother, who is autistic, were walking in the area. The boy remained calm and summoned their mother, who called 911, officials said.
Officials said the kids had played in the area before, but for some reason, recent rains created an area that resembled quicksand. The more the girl tried to get out of the mud, the deeper she sank, they said.
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