Man rescued after being buried in mud talks only to CBS Atlanta - CBS46 News

Man rescued after being buried in mud talks only to CBS Atlanta

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The man Atlanta Fire Rescue crews rushed to save Saturday spoke for the first time, only to CBS Atlanta News reporter Jennifer Mayerle.

James Brownlee was stuck in the mud for hours before anyone realized he was there. Brownlee calls it a nightmare, one he thought he might not wake up from.

"I thank God I lived to talk to you. I'm living, that's the most important thing. I could be dead," said Brownlee.

Brownlee was on his way home around 3 a.m. last Saturday when he tried taking a shortcut on Donald Lee Hollowell.

"My feet slipped. I tried to grab, but there wasn't anything I could grab and I just went falling all over, and over and over and over. Then when I got down in there I couldn't get out. I was stuck like glue and I just laid there and I kept hollering and hollering and nobody heard me," said Brownlee.

The 70-year-old laid there for at least five hours before someone realized he was there and called for help. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department's special operations team was called in. Rescue crews had to use ladders to get to him so they wouldn't get stuck.

"What was going through your head when you were falling," said Mayerle.

"I'm dying. I'm going to die when I hit the thing down there. My body was cold like ice," said Brownlee.

Crews were able to save him in time and get him to the hospital. Brownlee said at some point during the night, he gave up. He doesn't remember the remarkable rescue.

"It was real sticky, I couldn't move. I just laid there. When I woke up I was in Grady. I'm glad I'm doing better, thank God for that," said Brownlee. 

Brownlee was treated for hypothermia and a crack in his neck. He should be released from the hospital in the next few days, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Click here to watch the raw interview.

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