Atlanta firefighters rescued a man buried alive in mud on Saturday in a dramatic episode caught on video.
According to WSBTV in Atlanta, G.A., a pedestrian walked by and saw an arm moving submerged in mud in a construction site and reported the sighting to police.
Firefighters arrived at the construction site and could barely see the man buried in mud.
I think he walked in and possibly got stuck to the point of exhaustion and then passed out, Atlanta Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rhodes told WSBTV.
According to authorities, the man, whose name has not been released, slipped near the construction site and fell into the mud.
The rescue team immediately pulled the man's face above the mud so that he could breathe, using a ladder to eventually remove him from the mud pit, which took an entire hour.
He couldn't get himself out because he was too weak, a firefighter told Sky News. The suction on the mud was holding the individual down and his airway was compromised. One of the Grady (Memorial Hospital) medics was able to get out to him and get his airway open and move the mud away from his face to keep him breathing.
However, the scene became even more dramatic when a firefighter became stuck in the mud during the rescue. According to WSBTV, the rescue team pulled him out within seconds.
The man was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for hypothermia. He is expected to make a full recovery.
View the video of the man buried alive in mud below as he is rescued.