Alabama aviation unit saves the day

by nph | January 20th, 2012

January 20, 2012

The Alabama State Trooper Aviation Unit rescue team dangled from a 100-foot line extended from a helicopter to remove a woman and her two young children from a Jeep stranded in the middle of a rain-swollen river on January 13, according to The Gadsden Times.

The unit rescued the woman and her two children, ages 2 and 4, after they and a friend were stranded in a Jeep Wrangler in Little River Canyon National Preserve in northeast Alabama.

They were in the park’s back country and had tried to cross the rain-swollen river the night before, when the vehicle was swept downriver about 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

The Jeep hit submerged rocks and came to rest about 30 to 40 feet off shore in swiftly moving chest-deep water, reports a news release from the troopers.

The four stayed in the Jeep overnight until the next morning at daylight, when the friend swam to shore to seek help. Temperatures were in the 20s with wind chills in the single digits.

Once rescue squad officials assessed the situation, they immediately called for the aviation unit, “We knew we were going to have to have them.

“They are providing a tremendous service not just for our area, but statewide. They are very well trained.”

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