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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 20:08 GMT 21:08 UK
Four-day bog ordeal for US jogger
Swamp land, file photo
Mr Meadows said he survived by drinking water from the swamp
A missing jogger has been rescued after spending four days stuck waist-deep in a Florida swamp, local reports say.

Eddie Meadows, 62, left his office at a research park near Orlando to go for a run during his lunch break on Thursday, but never returned to work.

Colleagues and friends began a search and eventually found him covered in insect bites and severely dehydrated.

Mr Meadows said he survived by drinking water from the swamp and by keeping himself low down in the water.

Ron Eaglin, a professor at the nearby University of Central Florida, told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that he came across Mr Meadows after hearing sloshing sounds close to where he was searching.

He said Mr Meadows was in great spirits.

University Police Sgt Woody Furnas told AP news agency that the area was covered in "thick silt and muck that can act like glue".

Mr Meadows, a civilian employee of the US Army, was described by Sgt Furnas as being in good physical shape.

"He is a strong guy," he said. "He's a marathoner."

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