A Kannapolis teen is recovering after being rescued from mud that had trapped him up to his waist late Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities said Kannapolis firefighters were called about 5:30 p.m. to the 1400 block of West A Street. They found a 14-year-old male trapped in mud at the bottom of a ravine.
Friends told firefighters that the group had been crossing the undeveloped property, taking a shortcut to another neighborhood. They said the 14-year-old walked down the hill and toward a pool of standing water.
The friends told firefighters they advised the 14-year-old not to go near the water, but the teen quickly became stuck in the mud, eventually sinking to his chest.
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Firefighters needed nearly 30 minutes to pull the teen from the mud. He was taken by Rowan County EMS to CMC-Northeast for treatment from possible hypothermia.
Maria Bostian, a spokeswoman for the Kannapolis Fire Department, said the incident serves as a reminder for parents to urge children to stay away from construction areas.