Thursday night a shortcut turned scary when three boys were cutting through a construction site near the Parkview Sports Complex in Rapid City.
Two of the boys were suddenly pulled down into the ground, getting stuck in the mud. When they realized the couldn't get out, that's when the third boy ran to get help.
Rapid City Fire Lieutenant Brent Long says crews used backboards and ropes to rescue the boys. One boy was stuck up to his knees, the other was stuck up to his waist.
Long says the ground is dangerous right now because the soil has thawed on top. When the sun warms up the soil, it causes it to expand and contract, which means people can get stuck.
He says avoid going to the edges of slopes, stay away from creek banks, and avoid construction sites. "Anything that's got a hole that's below grade, anything that you can walk up and look down into, that's where the soil is going to be the softest," said Long."When you start putting weight on it, and concentrate that weight on your foot pad, that's when the ground can potentially give away."
Lieutenant Long says if you get stuck in mud, try not to move because moving may get you even more stuck.
Long says one of the boys was taken to the hospital for examination, but has since been released.