Caution: Lakes that have been emptied for repair work can harbor deep pits of mud. A 19-year-old discovered that the hard way when she became mired up to her waist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
It took rescue crews two hours Tuesday afternoon to free the unidentified woman, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia.
Virginia Kendall Lake, which covers 13 acres, had been constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It had been drained recently so work could be performed on portions of the lake.
To reach the woman, rescuers laid down pieces of plywood so they wouldn't sink into the muck as well.