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      Chopper rescues turkey hunters from flood waters

      Mid Missouri emergency responders rescued two stranded turkey hunters, one wheelchair bound, Thursday from rising flood waters in Texas County.






      Mid-Missouri emergency responders rescued two stranded turkey hunters, one wheelchair-bound, Thursday from rising flood waters in Texas County.










      Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers using the Patrolâ??s helicopter equipped with a short haul rescue line rescued the hunters.










      Just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Troop G Headquarters received a telephone call from someone reporting the two turkey hunters were trapped by flood waters near Boiling Springs, south of Licking, Mo.










      The caller said one of the men was in a wheelchair, and that the two men were unable to escape from a field because of
      rising water.

      A trooper from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and firefighters from the Licking Fire Department responded to the scene, and realized they would not be able to get to them on the ground.








      A Highway Patrol helicopter from the Patrolâ??s general headquarters in Jefferson City was called in and eventually rescued 54-year-old Keith Duckworth and 53-year-old Wayne Arling, both of St. Louis, at about 5:30 p.m.







      Duckworth was taken to a St. Louis area hospital for evaluation and treatment related to exposure.

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