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Man Found Trapped Inside Mud For Hours With Just His Nose And Forehead Above Water

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A man has had a really narrow escape after getting swallowed up inside mud with only his nose above the water. 

A man is lucky to be alive after enduring hours trapped in a dam with his head barely above the water, Daily Mail UK reports.

Daniel Miller, 45, became stuck after his excavator rolled in Charlotte Bay, New South Wales following heavy rain on Wednesday, 9 News reported.

He spent two hours with his nose just above the muddy water before he managed to arch his back and get his mouth out to call for help.

A neighbour heard his cries at about 2.30pm, Westpac Rescue Helicopter air crewman Graham Nickisson said. 

'It pinned him inside the open cabin... his airways were only a couple of centimetres above the water,' Mr Nickisson said.  

A Fire and Rescue crewman has opened up about the moment he dug Mr Miller out of the mud with his bare hands.

Simon Black, 43, told Daily Mail Australia Mr Miller was 'inches from drowning' when he arrived.

'He was very close to going under, he's a very very lucky man,' he said. 'He pretty much only had part of his head sticking out of the mud, he looked like a turtle, that's the only way I can describe it.'

Mr Black said he and his colleague jumped into the muddy dam as soon as the three tonne excavator was declared stable, and started to 'remove as much mud as possible by hand'.

'We could tell he was very scared and cold and had hypothermia setting in,' he told Daily Mail Australia. 'He was in shock as well.'

Mr Black said he and fellow crewman Steven Howard were almost as bogged down in the mud as Mr Miller.

'We were up to our chest in mud,' he said.

After about 20 minutes of digging the mud away by hand, Mr Black said it was time to pull.

'Steve and I thought, 'let's have a crack' and so we checked his neck and spine, could feel all his legs, and the ambulance was happy for us to try,' he said.

'An arm each, we braced our feet and pulled him out. It was a bit of an effort, but it's the first time I've ever pulled anyone out of a dam who was stuck under an excavator so I can't compare it to anything really.'

He said Mr Miller was 'stoked' when he was finally freed. 

'He just yelled out "yes",' he said.  

Mr Black said he was happy to hear Mr Miller was safe and well following the terrifying rescue.

But he admitted there could easily be a different outcome.

'The excavator's bucket arm landed on a rock, if it didn't it could've sunk down further and pushed him down with it,' he said. 'Lucky was definitely on his side.'

Police agreed MR Miller was 'lucky to be alive' after his excavator slid down the side of the embankment.

'It pinned him inside the open cabin … his airways were only a couple of centimetres above the water,' Westpac Rescue Helicopter air crewman Graham Nickisson said on Wednesday.

'He was trapped such that only just a part of his face was above the water, just his nose and his forehead was above the water,' Inspector Neil Stephens said.

Mr Miller was taken to John Hunter Hospital via helicopter suffering hypothermia and back injuries. 

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