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Man Trapped in Vat of Chocolate

A 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries after being trapped waist-deep in a vat of chocolate for two hours.

The man, an employee of Debelis Corporation, a company that supplies chocolate ingredients, told police that he stepped into the tank of molten chocolate to unplug it. He became stuck, however, and soon sunk up to his waist in the viscous confection.

The man's coworkers and local police and firefighters tried to pull him loose, but couldn't free him until the chocolate was thinned out. One police captain commented: "It was pretty thick. It was virtually like quicksand."

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