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Mud Snares 19-Year-Old At Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Caution: Lakes that have been emptied for repair work can harbor deep pits of mud. A 19-year-old discovered that the hard way when she became mired up to her waist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

It took rescue crews two hours Tuesday afternoon to free the unidentified woman, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Virginia Kendall Lake, which covers 13 acres, had been constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It had been drained recently so work could be performed on portions of the lake.

To reach the woman, rescuers laid down pieces of plywood so they wouldn't sink into the muck as well.


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Wow, this place is getting better than scanning the tabloids at the supermarket checkout counter!


Yup, if it weren't for visitors getting into one sort of trouble or another in the parks we'd have nothing to write about. If you were really interested in helping us, Random Walker, you'd quit pounding your keyboard and go get zapped, fried, toasted, flattened, bitten, submerged, trapped, or stranded.

I'll give ya a first hand tabloid style report here in few weeks.
(If I make it out of Yosemite alive!)

You forgot "eaten".

Eaten would be fine. In the interest of fairness, we will also accept mauled, shot, stabbed, and abducted by aliens.

We went to a picnic at Virginia Kendall last month. At the Kendall Lake dock, one side had water and the other looked like solid ground. I saw a teenager jump off on the "dry" side and sink to his shins. He was after a fish that tried to swim into an area that didn't have sufficient water and had stranded itself. He proudly displayed his 10' "bass" that he hand caught to his dad. He was then told that it was only a sucker fish, which I believe is a type of catfish.

I think hindsight is 20/20 on this issue. The lake bed I saw honestly looked like it was solid and could hold any one's weight, not just sediment that was under water and is now settling. I'm glad I didn't go out there!

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