Teenager spends 5 hours stuck in mud of Puyallup stream

A teenager spent five hours stuck in mud up to his thigh in a stream along River Road on Monday, firefighters said.

The 16-year-old got one leg stuck about 1 p.m. playing in the stream by the Puyallup Skatepark near Fourth Street Northwest and River Road.

A friend walked about half a mile to the nearest fire station for help, but not until about 5 p.m., Central Pierce Fire & Rescue spokesman Ed Hrivnak said. It wasn’t clear why no one called for help sooner.

Firefighters went to the stream, which feeds into the Puyallup River, and used ladders to stabilize the area around the boy to reach him. That let them use air and water pressure to free him from the mud, Hrivnak said.

They got him free about 6 p.m.

“He’s obviously cold after being in the mud for so long,” Hrivnak said, but he didn’t appear to be injured.