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Dog's bark leads rescuers to man trapped in dry creek bed

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Cary Ferguson, 58, and his dog Jinxie were rescued after eight hours in a deep creek bed about a mile from where they live. Cary Ferguson, 58, and his dog Jinxie were rescued after eight hours in a deep creek bed about a mile from where they live.
Crews searched for Ferguson for several hours. Crews searched for Ferguson for several hours.
Rescuers found him because his dog started barking. Rescuers found him because his dog started barking.
TIPTON COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A search crew found a West Tennessee man trapped in a dry creek bed, unable to cry for help – but it was the cry of man's best friend that saved his life.

Cary Ferguson, 58, and his dog Jinxie were rescued after eight hours in a deep creek bed about a mile from where they live. It was a difficult situation because Ferguson, a cancer patient who has a tracheotomy, was unable to yell.

There were several rescuers who passed the area where Ferguson was trapped as it is a difficult place to see. Rescuers found him because his dog started barking.

It is not clear how Ferguson ended up in the dry creek bed. His friend said he left around 10 a.m. Friday to walk Jinxie. When he did not return the friend became worried and notified authorities.

The search was brutal because of the heat and terrain.

"The guys were out looking in some of the most rural parts of the county. This is where the snakes would be and anything else," said Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley.

Jinxie stayed by Ferguson's side the whole time. Most people involved in the search said Ferguson has someone on his side.

"The Lord was on his side in all the bottom land and all of the foliage, all the corn and all. There's no other way about it he had his hand on him today," said Chumley.

Ferguson was taken to the hospital to be checked out for dehydration.

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