CARMI – White County officials rescued a woman who spent more than a day trapped in mud near the Little Wabash River in southern Illinois.
The White County Sheriff's Department said Monday it found Amy Chitwood, 39, of Carmi, stuck near the river after responding to a call from a fisherman. He contacted police Sunday about what he thought was a dead body on the river bank.
Responders found Chitwood thigh-deep in mud. She had injured her hip and was unable to free herself, but she was conscious and alert.
Chitwood told Missouri's KFVS-TV that she went for a walk along a trail on the river Saturday when she fell into the thick mud. She said she screamed for help until she lost her voice.
"I thought I was never going to get out," Chitwood said. "I thought I was going to die there and nobody was going to find me."
It took nearly 10 people to free Chitwood from the sludge, and EMT Adam Allen told WSIL-TV that it took crews about half an hour to free her.
"She was very cold, shivering quite a bit," he said. "Mud was everywhere. She was thirsty and very tired."
Chitwood was treated at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon for non-life-threatening injuries. Other than scrapes and bruises, Chitwood said she is doing well and is grateful for her rescuers.
"I thank God for all of them who was there to help me," Chitwood said.