Coast Guard helicopter yanks father, son from Rhode Island mud

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Posted: Aug 06, 2013 9:06 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it used a helicopter to pull a father and son from chest-deep mud near a pond in Rhode Island on Monday, where the duo had gotten stuck overnight.

The 49-year-old man and his 12-year-old son had been floating down the Chipuxet River in an inflatable raft on Sunday but ended up in a bog near Worden Pond 5 miles west of Narragansett.

State police found them on Monday morning after they were reported missing, but rescuers could not free them, according to a Coast Guard press release issued late Monday night.

"A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched and safely hoisted the individuals at approximately 1:30 p.m.," it said.

The two were brought to hospital for checks.

(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)