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Teen trapped in mud for 10 hours at old mine

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A teenager was trapped in chest-deep mud for about 10 hours after his friends dared him to walk through a mud pool at an abandoned mine site.

Justin Underwood, 15, is now "just fine," said Roleana Treadway, his stepmother.

Underwood and friends were at the mine on Sunday when friends dared him to walk through the mud, said Trap Hill Fire Chief Larry Reedy. As he was walking, Underwood stepped into a deep hole and got stuck.

Friends tried for six hours to get him out before calling for help. Firefighters pulled him out of the mud. "A vacuum had been created because of the mud," Reedy said.

Pat Brady, district manager for the federal Mine Safety Health Administration, said no fines will be leveled against Anchor Energy, the company that owns the mine.

"The company considers these young people trespassers," Brady said. There are signs posted on the land clearly stating it is private property.