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article image78-year-old Utah woman survives 14 hour quicksand ordeal

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 16, 2014 in Odd News
Moab - Sharon Brussell was enjoying a relaxing day and leisurely moving down a bike path at a nearby park. This normal circumstance led to her falling in an unexpected pit of quicksand where she was stuck for 14 hours until she was rescued.
She was on the Courthouse Wash in Arches National Park where she and many other people were known to hike. Brussel sank into the quicksand up to her knees but had water and did not fall any further. A few people discovered her, dug her out and then carried the woman to safety. This information comes courtesy of the Associated Press.
Fatalities to quicksand are usually quite rare. Tracking the number of deaths each year from it is practically impossible as we would have to record statistics from undeveloped countries. Even in those areas most people know how it works and how to survive in it.
Quicksand itself is only dangerous if you panic or do not understand how it works. Those who struggle against it actually dig themselves in further since the granular nature causes more to fall in on you. By not struggling so much you can survive like Brussel did.
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