ROCHESTER, Minn. - A man working to restore a creek bed in Olmsted County spent nearly four hours submerged in mud before he was pulled out by first responders.

Authorities say the 60-year-old was working on the creek bed near the town of Marion Wednesday when he slipped and fell into the muddy creek and began to sink. The property owner discovered the man submerged in mud, clay and rocks up to his waist, then unsuccesfully tried to rescue him with a rope and car. Eventually the property owner called 911.

KTTC-TV says first responders used a basket stretcher and haul line to free him. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and is expected to recover.