ANCHORAGE -

Anchorage Fire Department crews rescued a man trapped in mud near Ship Creek at about midnight Thursday, according to crews at the scene.

According to AFD dispatchers, the man became stuck in mud near the Ship Creek small boat launch, about 300 yards from Cook Inlet proper.

AFD Battalion Chief James Dennis said rescuers were able to extricate the man in about 20 minutes.

“It’s a really dangerous situation when you got someone stuck in the mud and you’ve got such a rapid tide coming in,” Dennis said. “We had a little time to extricate him but if we would have gone further into this early this morning, we would have had even less time to extricate him from this, and then we’re dealing with everything from the exposure to the cold to a possible drowning.”  

Initial reports at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday indicated that a man was conscious, breathing and stuck up to his waist with one foot free. High tide was listed at 7:13 p.m., flowing out to a low tide at 1:35 a.m. Thursday.

Dennis advises anyone using the inlet for fishing to remember to bring a cell phone, life preservers and travel in pairs.

“It’s a dangerous place and treat it like it is,” Dennis said. “It is part of the wilderness and the wonderful thing about Alaska.”

Channel 2's Kenny Knutson and Garrett Turner contributed to this story.