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Woman rescued from Mud Lake

A woman was rescued from waist deep mud at Mud Lake Conservation Area, seen in this file photo, Saturday in Port Colborne. Firefighters from both Port Colborne and Welland Fire and Emergency Services worked to find the woman and her dog in the conservation area. Dave Johnson/Welland Tribune

A woman was rescued from waist deep mud at Mud Lake Conservation Area, seen in this file photo, Saturday in Port Colborne. Firefighters from both Port Colborne and Welland Fire and Emergency Services worked to find the woman and her dog in the conservation area. Dave Johnson/Welland Tribune

A woman trapped waist-deep in mud at Mud Lake Conservation Area in Port Colborne was rescued by firefighters Saturday afternoon.

Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tom Cartwright said the woman was walking with her dog around Mud Lake, a man-made conservation area encompassing more than 60 hectares of wetland and 54 hectares of field and woodland of off Elm Street.

“Somehow she got off the trail and got into the mud up to her waist. She called her parents and they called 911,” he said.

Initially, Welland Fire and Emergency Services was dispatched to the call, said Cartwright, adding he’s not sure what details were given to fire dispatch from the woman’s parents.

Port Colborne firefighters were sent to Mud Lake, operated by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and also accessed from the Welland Canals Recreational Trail from the east side. There are three trails around the conservation area, ranging from 20 minutes to more than one hour of nature hiking.

Cartwright said the woman was a “ways back” in from the Elm Street entrance and he’s unsure which fire service located her as he was at another emergency call at the time.

He said the woman and dog were assisted out of the lake and that both were fine.