German cyclist, 69, stuck in mud 3 hours before rescue

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A German bicyclist spent three hours in a muddy ditch at the Mabprachan Reservoir before being pulled out by rescuers.

Wolf Minderjahn, 69, drove into the ditch on his mountain bike after getting separated from a friend in an unfamiliar part of the reservoir Sept. 17. The rider was unable to extricate himself from the meter-deep mud.

Minderjahn said he was stuck in the ditch for nearly three hours until his friend found him and called police.

Wolf Minderjahn thanks rescue workers for pulling him and his bike out of the mud where they had been stuck for 3 hours.Wolf Minderjahn thanks rescue workers for pulling him and his bike out of the mud where they had been stuck for 3 hours.

It took five men about an hour to wade through a 50-meter track of mud in their bare feet to reach the stranded cyclist. Using ropes and a stretcher, they eventually rescued both the German and his 100,000 baht bike.