Two people were rescued on the Knik Arm mud flats Friday night, after Anchorage Fire Department units responded to assist Anchorage police near the Bootlegger’s Cove area.
AFD dispatchers say at least seven units were present at and five more en route to the scene, near Elderberry Park at the west end of 5th Avenue near Downtown, where the incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m.
According to AFD Capt. Kevin Wallace, Anchorage police received an initial call Friday afternoon reporting two people who were on the mud flats, but not stuck.
According to APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker, police were initially informed that one man was stuck up to his chest in the mud flats, which can immobilize people before rising tides.
APD couldn't get them ashore, and called AFD to assist officers at about 5 p.m. as the tide started coming in and the incident became a public-safety issue.
AFD was able to recover the two people, and say alcohol appears to have been a factor. Their conditions were unknown Friday night.
Channel 2's Jason Lamb contributed to this report.