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Man Caught in Boots Rescued
by Kris on 10/6/2004 (0)

"Get 'em off, get 'em off!"
A North County, Iowa man who laced his boots too tight and with double-knots, was rescued Tuesday evening after being unable to remove them from his feet for over a week.

Harry Wilson is a retired nuclear physicist who now spends much his spare time hiking in the wilderness and chasing the elusive Sasquatch. It was on one of these hiking trips that lead to this unfortunate incident.

“I have bad ankles, so I tied my boots tight to give them support, I needed all the help I could get if I expected to finally capture Big Foot,” said Wilson. “But I got greedy, it was stupid of me to tie them that tight.”

Rescuers were alerted to Wilson when neighbors complained of a foul stench coming from his residence.

“We thought someone had died,” said longtime neighbor Sharon Swanson. “It really smelled that bad.”

Wilson has a rare disease that causes his feet to smell of rotten cabbage and dead rats if not washed daily, and after a week in the boots the smell had begun to spread across the neighborhood.

Rescuers wearing gas masks entered the Wilson home at approximately 7:30 PM Tuesday night. They found Wilson in the living room area, collapsed on the floor in a pool of melted butter, Crisco, and laundry soap.

“Apparently he had been attempting to lubricate his feet and slip them out of the boots,” said Ted Welsh, the first rescuer on the scene. “That, or he is one very sick, very disturbed man.”

It took the rescuers about an hour to free Wilson, who “giggled like a school girl the entire time”.

“The TV was left on a channel running a Lizzie McGuire marathon, that’s my only explanation for his behavior,” said Welsh.

"I have bad ankles, so I tied my boots tight to give them support, I needed all the help I could get if I expected to finally capture Big Foot. But I got greedy, it was stupid of me to tie them that tight."
- Harry Wilson
Sasquatch hunter.
The knots could not be undone and the boots were cut from Wilson’s feet with an acetylene torch.

“We considered blowing them off with a well placed C4 charge, but we opted for something that would be less destructive to Mr. Wilson and the surrounding area,” said Tom Yell, the boot removal specialist with North County Rescue.

Wilson is currently being treated at the North County Medical Center for multiple first degree burns on his feet. With extensive therapy, doctors feel that “he may one day walk again.”

Wilson is confident that he can rehab his injured feet and one-day return to the woods.

“The Missing Link isn’t going to capture himself, it’s up to me to do it,” said Wilson.<


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