The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has used a new helicopter rescue technique to save two turkey hunters stranded in high floodwaters in Texas County.
The patrol says a helicopter equipped with a short-haul rescue line pulled 54-year-old Keith Duckworth and 53-year-old Wayne Arling to safety Thursday afternoon near Boiling Springs, south of Licking. The men are from St. Louis and one uses a wheelchair.
Duckworth was taken to a St. Louis area hospital for evaluation and treatment for exposure.
A MSHP trooper and firefighters from the Licking Fire Department responded to the scene and after assessing the situation, they determined because of the extremely inaccessible location, that rescue by air would be the best course of action.
The helicopter was dispatched from Jefferson City and the two men were rescued about two and a half hours after the initial call was received.
The Department of Public Safety says the patrol began training for this type of rescue a year ago. After arriving near the scene, the helicopter flew in with a rescue worker dangling from a 100-foot cord. A harness was strapped to the stranded men, who were flown out one at a time.