(From the Whitewater Fire Dept. Facebook page)
At approximately 2:10 p.m. on Dec 3rd, the Whitewater Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a subject stuck in the mud, by the boat launch on Trippe Lake. Upon arrival, crews found an elderly female person trapped in the mud along the waterline, up to her waist. The individual became trapped while assisting another family member. Crews requested assistance from the Whitewater Department of Public Works for plywood and additional shovels. The Whitewater Police Department was on scene and secured the person with a rope. Crews worked for approximately 50 minutes to free the victim from mud and sediment. The female was transported to an area hospital suffering from exposure to the cold. We would like to remind people to please use caution during the lake draw down. Exposed areas may be soft and pose risks to individuals.We would also like to thank the Whitewater Police Department and Whitewater DPW workers for their assistance in this rescue.