01/18/2011 05:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Marcelo Fonseca, Brazilian Man, Buried Alive In Mud For 16 Hours (VIDEO)

A Brazilian man was rescued after being buried for 16 hours by a landslide that swept away his home near Teresopolis, AOL is reporting.

Marcelo Fonseca was pulled from 13 feet of mud after devastating floods hit Brazilian regions north of Rio de Janeiro. As the Telegraph noted, rescue workers in Brazil initially responded to what they describe as "muffled noises" coming from beneath a pile of debris, and spent three hours digging 42-year-old Fonseca out.

Fonseca told Sky News he struggled for air while being trapped under a table after the mudslide hit his home. "My chest was being crushed by a stone and I was trapped; my two feet were trapped," he said.

The ordeal was caught on video by Fonseca's pal Luciano Zimbrao, who reportedly didn't know who the buried man was until he was finally dragged out and placed on a stretcher as eyewitnesses cheered. At least 655 people in Rio de Janeiro state have died, and thousands more left homeless, as a result of heavy rains that began last week.

Watch video of Fonseca's dramatic rescue below: