Authorities say an autistic child who became stuck in a muddy East Greenwich creek was rescued by police officers just minutes before he may have drowned.

The Philadelphia Inquirer  reports the East Greenwich boy went missing around 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Numerous law enforcement agencies immediately began searching for the child, and about 90 later he was found at Mantua Creek, not far from his home.

The boy was submerged in mud up to his neck when police arrived, and the tide was rising. Several officers then made their way across the creek and furiously dug through the muck with their hands to free the boy, whose name and age were not disclosed.

One of the officers was briefly trapped in the muck before being freed by his colleagues.

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