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Helicopters Conduct Unusual Water Rescue

By Staff Writer | December 24, 2008

A Maryland State Police AS365 Dauphin and a U.S. Park Police Bell 412 were called to what amounted to a river rescue when a 66-in water main burst in Potomac, Md just outside of Washington, D.C. The underground pipe, which burst during the morning rush hour on Dec. 22, gushed so much water into (ironically) River Road, the heavily-used thoroughfare looked like a raging river, leaving motorists trapped in cars that quickly filled with cold water. MSP’s Trooper-2 and USPP’s Eagle-1 lowered rescue baskets to most of the approximately 12 victims, hoisting them to safety, while local ground rescue crews retrieved the others in boats. There were no fatalities, but several case of hypothermia were reported. Local officials credit the aircrews for much of the positive outcome. For related news


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