Firefighters practice mud rescues while Lake Oswego drains part of lake

Mud rescue in Oswego Lake - Photo from KATU's Mike Warner

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Taking advantage of a drained Oswego Lake, rescuers from several different organizations wrapped up three days of mud rescue training on Thursday.

Once every five years, Lake Oswego drains the lake so homeowners can complete repairs. The exposed lakebed may look stable enough to walk on, however it is easy for people to sink and get stuck.

Firefighters say whenever the lake is low, it's a good chance to practice mud rescues.

“It's just like quicksand. It just gets you stuck much like cement, where it just gets heavy and the mud gets compressed around the legs. You cannot get out," said Gert Zoutendijk of the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

Most of the emergency rescue situations happen when people who try to save pets or wild animals from the mud.

Firefighters say when it comes to mud rescues, it's always best to leave it to the professionals.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire, and the Army 102nd Civil Support joined Lake Oswego Fire Dept. for the training.

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