A security guard got bogged down in his work over the weekend.
William Scanlon, hired to patrol a Long Island housing development under construction, was walking his beat Saturday night when he got stuck in fresh fill dirt made mushy by heavy rain.
There he stayed, waist deep in the muck, for 14 hours overnight, until his relief heard him yelling for help and called the fire department.
It took rescuers about 20 minutes to dig Scanlon out of the mud.
Scanlon, 61, wasn’t hurt. He had a winter jacket on and the mud acted as an insulator to keep him warm, Fire Chief Gerard Rosciano said.