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October 19, 1987

An 11-year-old girl was rescued from quicksand-like mud that reached up to her armpits after she wandered onto a draining lake bed, Morgan Hill authorities said. City fire dispatcher Paula Zalinski said the child, Kim Hawkins, was rescued by a nearby resident before firefighters arrived. She said the mud in Lake Anderson bottom is "just like quicksand." The resident, who asked not to be identified, said the child apparently panicked and became even more deeply entrenched in the mud before he rescued her. The man said the child apparently had been playing in the lake, about 30 miles south of San Jose, which is being drained for repairs to a dam.

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