NEWCASTLE, UK (RNN) - A man had to be rescued after his left leg sank “thigh deep” into a road.
Firefighters had to dig the unidentified man out of the tarmac on a back road in Heaton, a suburb of Newcastle, UK, when it became soft and melted due to a heatwave.
Firefighters with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service set the man free using a hammer and chisel.
"Thankfully, he didn't break his ankle," tweeted the rescue service,"he was wearing his granddad's @drmartens!"
Today we had an incident in Heaton, young man stepped on some tarmac and lost his footing The tarmac had become so soft during the current heatwave that it melted. He stayed calm & called 999 Thankfully he didn’t break his ankle he was wearing his granddads @drmartens!#StaySafe pic.twitter.com/D77PdsC9wG— Tyne and Wear FRS (@Tyne_Wear_FRS) July 5, 2018
The U.S. and other parts of the continent have been under a sweltering heatwave for days.
In Quebec, Canada, 33 people were killed due to a record heatwave.
The U.K.'s ordeal is just beginning. It's bracing for its longest heatwave in history, with temperatures expected to get into the 90s over the weekend.
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