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Boy pulled from hole in Marathon County

WESTON (WAOW) - A 13-year-old boy is home safe after being rescued from a muddy hole in Marathon County.

Officials say the boy was trying to help his brother get out of this hole when he became stuck.

"He's the hero, he tried to save his little brother," said Benjamin Johnson, a neighbor at Green Acres Mobile Home Park.

Some neighbors tried to step in to pull the boy out.

"I just started digging," said Johnson.

When they couldn't free him, they called 911.

"When we first arrived he was crying, which was understandable, upset," said Steve Meilahn, South Area Fire District deputy chief. "He's trapped. His life is narrowed down to a small little hole in the ground."

After about 15 minutes, the South Area Fire District trench rescue team freed the boy.

Weston police say the boy is ok and he went home with his mom.

Officials say the hole was left after utility crews were working there. The mobile home park co-owner says this week's rain saturated the ground, making the muddy hole worse. He says he has been in touch with Wisconsin Public Service and they will be repairing the hole Thursday.

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