Andrew Palladino walked outside in the rain Sunday to pick up his paper, when the 71-year old man was swallowed up by a cesspool.
The ground, soggy from two days of constant rain, gave way outside his Long Island home.
"I walked across the lawn, and all of a sudden I disappeared."
Palladino cried out for help, and his neighbor and son were sucked in when they came to his aid.
His son, Dan, said the scene "was like a horror picture."
Firefighters were able to secure the scene and pull everyone out unharmed, if you can call being covered in raw sewage O.K.