Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment a 30-year-old man is pulled out of a muddy bog by helicopter after becoming trapped in the sinking sludge while cycling.
The unnamed cyclist showed signs of hypothermia but was relatively unhurt after coming a cropper in Manzanares El Real located in the central Spanish autonomous community Madrid.
The scene of the accident used to be a reservoir but has dried out due to hot weather in the region.
The video shows the moment the rescue helicopter positions itself according to the firefighter’s instructions as half of the 30-year-old man’s body is still submerged in the bog.
The cyclist is then seen being plucked out of the thick mud after he was fastened into a harness attached to the helicopter.
His legs hang motionless as mud falls from his boots and the helicopter slowly moves the victim out of the area.
Firefighters told local media that despite the area seeming dry “there was an area of sediments, slime, and clay” which is what trapped the cyclist.
Reports said the cyclist suffered slight hypothermia, but did not require further medical assistance after his rescue.
The emergency services issued a warning, saying: “The dry riverbeds of local reservoirs appear to be suitable surfaces to walk across, but there are patches of mud several metres thick which can trap you.”
No further accidents have been reported.
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