Elderly Man Stuck in Mud Rescued by New York Police Department Helicopter
When he decided to take a shortcut through a marsh, his feet got stuck.
An NYPD helicopter plucked an elderly man from a New York City swamp after he got stuck in the mud.
Police told WCBS he was trying to get to a nearby hospital and decided to take a shortcut through a marsh on Staten Island. Mistake — his feet started to sink and he became stuck.
When he realized what was happening, the 83-year-old called 911.
"Male caller states he's in the swamp next to the parking garage. States he is sinking. Be advised this also came as a call for help," the dispatcher can be heard saying in the video.
First responders say it was hard to spot the man since he was surrounded by tall weeds.
"States he's sinking. States the water is up to his neck," the dispatcher continues.
Once authorities managed to find the man, they airlifted him to his original destination, Staten Island University Hospital.
He is expected to be OK.
Reluctant to use a cellphone, the man said he owes his rescue to God and his daughter — who convinced him to keep his 12-year-old school flip phone on him in case of an emergency.
Trending on Inside Edition
Paramedics Charged With Murder of Earl Moore, Black Man Killed During Mental Health Episode, Appear in CourtCrime
Idaho Murder Victim Sustained 'Sharp-Force Injuries,' Scene Had 'Substantial Amount of Blood:' PoliceCrime
New Mystery Surrounds Sudden Death of California Public Defender on Wedding Anniversary Trip at Mexican ResortCrime
Murder Suspect Gets Retrial After Letter From Late Wife Warning He Might Hurt Her Is Deemed InadmissibleCrime
Man Lost at Sea Rescued by Colombian Navy After 24 Days, Lived Off Ketchup, Seasoning, and SoupHuman Interest
Missing Wife of Murder Suspect Brian Walshe Vouched for Husband in Letter to Judge, Helping Him Avoid PrisonCrime