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Firefighters Rescue Woman And Dog Stuck In Mud In East Boston

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Firefighters rescued a woman who became stuck in the mud in East Boston. WBZ-TV's Tiffany Chan reports.

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- Stuck in East Boston. A walk on the beach on this beautiful day ended with a woman trapped knee deep in the mud. And while she's laughing about it now, it caused some tense moments for her and an emergency response. WBC's Tiffany Chan has her story.

- In this Gilligan's Island situation.

TIFFANY CHAN: Skyeye captured the rescue from up above as firefighters struggled to reach Camille Coelho and her dog stuck waist deep in mud in East Boston.

CAMILLE COELHO: They put some longboards. It was really creative and I was thinking, how about a ladder, so they got a ladder. Kind of distributed the weight a little bit better.

TIFFANY CHAN: Coelho says, the more she tried to pull herself out, the tougher it became to free herself. Luckily, neighbors were on hand and dialed 911.

CAMILLE COELHO: The neighbors called and saw me out there and said, "do you want me to call the fire department?" I said, Oh, God no. It's too embarrassing.

- I just can't imagine how scary it must be. Well, I'm just so thankful that I got the dog out and everybody's OK.

TIFFANY CHAN: The rescue took all of 20 minutes. Firefighters first tried using wooden planks to get to Coelho before borrowing a ladder from a neighbor to avoid getting stuck themselves. Coelho says she was near Constitution Beach with her dog Lucy collecting sea glass, and thought she was stepping on gravel. She can laugh about the whole ordeal now. The pair even took a dip in the water to wash away the mud. It was their first time in the area and probably their last.

CAMILLE COELHO: I have never walking these flats. I don't plan on walking the flats again.

TIFFANY CHAN: From East Boston, I'm Tiffany Chan for WBC News.