A "quicksand effect" trapped a California woman up to her waist on a Santa Barbara beach — then her rescuers got stuck, too, according to the city Fire Department.
The 73-year-old woman was at the mouth of Mission Creek, near the Pacific Ocean, when she became trapped about 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Fire Department said.
Remnants of Hurricane Fabio off the coast of Baja California had pushed water into the creek, leading to a "quicksand effect" that trapped the woman, officials said.
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The Fire Department said its crews also got stuck in the sand while trying to rescue the woman, but they were able to use a ladder for stability.
The woman wasn't injured, officials said.
Firefighters used shovels to fill the hole and urged caution while walking on the beach.