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Man and dog on jet ski rescued from thick mud in Virginia Beach

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-19 23:31:34-04

While most people his age are getting teased for being a stick in the mud, 66-year-old Barry Behrman was stuck in it for hours.

"A little filthy but hey it could be worse," Behrman said.

Behrman was on his jet ski, riding with his dog buddy in the Lynnhaven Inlet.
He realized he made a wrong turn, tried to make his way out but he drove right into mud.

"It's mucky, filthy, nasty, stinking," Behrman said. "I tried to maneuver my way out which actually made it worse."

911 was called and firefighters quickly arrived.

Behrman snapped a photo of first responders, who had to wait to get him until the tide came in and the water level rose.

They couldn't make their way toward him or they too would have gotten stuck.

"It's like quicksand, but thank God it doesn't take you under," Behrman said.

A firefighter with a kayak finally got Behrman out three hours after he called 911.

He was in bad need of water, both to drink and wash off with.

As he tried to clean up, his shorts were turning back to black after the mud turned them into a color-wheel defying charcoal grey.

The same can't be said for his jet ski. There might not be enough soap or elbow grease to get it clean.

"We'll worry about that later. I don't even want to get on it; it's a mess," Behrman said.