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Another woman gets stuck in Boston mud, this time in Dorchester

Woman in mud in Dorchester

Mudbound woman with firefighters trying to free her. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters managed to free a woman stuck in "tarlike mud" at Malibu Beach in Dorchester this afternoon. Two firefighters trying to free the "distressed" woman from the mud themselves got stuck and had to be rescued by other firefighters.

Last month, another woman and her dog had to be rescued from mud along the water in East Boston.

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contend that Boston sucks, but you have to give them this one.

(In seriousness, glad for the happy outcome here. I've had an innocent-seeming leisure experience turn into a nightmare, a whitewater rafting trip run by a rickety operator in middle-of-nowhere Quebec way above our skill level. We spilled and I got pinned 20 feet down under a waterfall for a seeming eternity, was certain my number was up. Several of my friends also sustained scary injuries and near-drownings far away from medical help. We all managed to come through it shaken but okay. Glad I didn't die in such a stupid, careless way. But those moments stick with you.)

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Okay, a woman from Dorchester got stuck in the mud: people make mistakes. That doesn't mean that therefore Boston sucks.

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"to suck - to draw in a specified direction by creating a vacuum"

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Interesting typo, that.

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Fixed, thanks.

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She's sitting and the mud is unmarked around her--where are her tracks? Did the water smooth them out? And why are firemen approaching from the water? Are those the ones that got stuck?

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Looks like she has a wet suit on - maybe she was swimming and was getting out of water when she got stuck. Fire trucks would get stuck - Perhaps they were attempting to pull her back into the water so she could be picked up by a boat?

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Deep mud, waves coming in - tracks aren't going to last very long in those conditions.

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Looks like she was walking from the left of the image. Firefighters approach from the water so they too don't get stuck.

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Revealed as not a woman at all, but - indeed - the first wave of alien invaders. Thank heavens for internet photograph sleuths.

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This made me think of a scary Saturday morning TV show I watched as a child where someone got caught in quicksand and nearly disappeared.

If people aren’t falling through ice in winter it seems they are sinking in mud in summer. Watch where you step!

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For me personally, one of the surprises of adulthood has been that the danger of quicksand and the knowledge of how to self-rescue from quicksand (lie down flat, roll or crawl) have turned out to be a lot less relevant to my life than 8-year-old me could have imagined. And yet, here this unfortunate woman is….

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Good luck with the rehab.

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I am not named John nor dealing with rehab.

But let me add my own best wishes for John, whoever you are.

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To John Mulaney who did a similar bit about quicksand in his stand-up act.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eYyIcQ0HLE

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I’m bald on top so when something whooshes over my head I don’t usually notice my hair being ruffled…

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Land of the Lost had a quicksand episode. Also Gilligan's Island!

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I wonder if the Bermuda Triangle was made out of it?

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So, why was she there in the first place?

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Walking on a beach is pretty common, especially in the spring/summer.

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Walking in the mud isn’t.

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You walk down the beach when the tide's at midpoint, it looks one way. You come back at low tide, it may be drastically changed. There are plenty of beaches in New England where this is true.

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What do you mean? If you walk down the beach while the tide is going out, you’ll see the mud become exposed. You’d be walking on sand initially, the terrain gets softer and the mud is easy to see, smell and feel.

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For those who ply the waters in paddlecraft, this is a common issue. You have to read/check the space and know the tides or you won't get back to where you launched. Some try to chance it, but you never know how deep that mud can get.

I've heard that this is a common problem when paddling the Pisquataqua river estuary: if you don't launch a kayak/sup/canoe between low and high tide, expect your shoreline to turn to mud by the time you return to launch. Tales of "1/4 mile of mud" abound.

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The only way she would not have known there was mud, is if she were coming in from the water and didn’t notice the tide going out. The report doesn’t mention a paddle board, kayak, etc. it looks like she walked into the mud from the beach.

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That's one reason that I wondered.

I also wonder because I've seen some newb nonsense with inflatable SUPs lately - they are very popular, you can buy them cheaply at the Job Lot, and lots of new folks on the water can increase the number of strange errors that happen.

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That’s true. Many people buy paddle boards and kayaks not knowing about tides, PFD’s and marine safety protocols.

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She might have been clamming.

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She sucks at it.

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...I guess you'll just have to take her out and shoot her, then.

Honestly, you're being super pissy about this.

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It was a joke about the suction of the mud. Pissy, are you serious? I’m sorry your comment made no sense.

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Methinks she may have been in the water, or to say the least en route, and ran into this on her way to/from.

But anyway, what's the deal with blaming the woman for getting stuck? You are right, walking on the beach is not uncommon, and heck, I've accidentally ended up in mud while walking in the woods. You never think it's bad, because it rarely is.

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Will the city bill her for services provided?

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What are your proposing as the criteria for when the city should and should not bill the recipients of emergency services?

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Yeah, they call those bills taxes.

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Are you fully vaccinated?

If not, should you be fully liable for anything that happens because you are not?

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If one is unvaccinated and ends up in hospital for whatever they aren't vaccinated for, they will be asked to pay for services rendered. And if EMS takes one to the hospital, even if they are in Boston and are taken by the city's ambulance, they will be billed for that, too.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think this woman should be billed, but you analogy has some holes in it.

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the tide around Boston is around 10-12 feet. If she was in an area where the tide would rise, she could actually have drowned.. slowly.

A mud flat like this is more like "slow sand" but it's still potentially deadly.

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Alternatively, when the tide came in she would float free of the mud and be able to safely swim to solid ground. Buy hypothermia would be an issue; the water is pretty cold still

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Of course Magoo couldn’t resist commenting on this article. So thus Magoo comments. Magoo.

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She has to be covered in cuts from the shellfish. So nasty.

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