An NBC News correspondent who waded into waist-high mud to deliver a jaw-dropping report as a powerful storm slammed California had to be rescued by firefighters after he became stuck in the thick mess.
Miguel Almaguer, who was reporting for NBC Nightly News, delivered a broadcast Friday from Azusa, Calif., where an unstable hillside prompted mandatory evacuations for residents.
"Take a look at how deep this mud is, 4 feet in some areas," Almaguer explained while standing in a massive pool of mud that had slid from a hillside.
But after the segment ended, Almaguer found himself stuck in the mud, unable to get out.
Nearby resident Dennis Sanderson, who apparently noticed the reporter struggling to escape, aided fire officials in rescuing Almaguer with a shovel. Sanderson told the Los Angeles Times Almaguer had intentionally waded into the pool of mud to demonstrate for viewers how thick it was.
After he was rescued, police ordered all news media and residents to evacuate the area.
The NBC News report is below.
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