WATCH: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit Rescues Men Trapped in Swamp
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 19, 2020
men were deeply stuck in muck and thick cattails
WATCH: The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit responded to a swampy area near the dead-end of Wading Bird Lane, Titusville, to assist the Titusville Police Department and Fire Rescue in locating two missing adults.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Earlier this week, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit responded to a swampy area near the dead-end of Wading Bird Lane, Titusville, to assist the Titusville Police Department and Fire Rescue in locating two missing adults.
The two elderly men had waded out through the mud and cattails to complete a property survey of the area.
Once away from the land, they became stuck in the deep muck and were obstructed from view with the high cattails, preventing their return to dry land.
The area the men were believed to be accessing was not accessible by vehicle, thus the Aviation Unit was asked to respond.
BCSO Pilot Mike Ryle responded in the Sheriff’s Office UH1H Helicopter, locating the men deeply stuck in muck and thick cattails.
BCSO Deputy Lyon was lowered on the hoist down to the men and was assisted by crewmembers Keith Hammett and John Coppola who were able to pull the men free.
Both men were taken to land to awaiting paramedics for medical treatment. One of the men was transported to a local hospital suffering from severe exhaustion and dehydration.
Our BCSO Aviation Unit resources were acquired from the military asset sharing program and are all Vietnam era helicopters that are utilized for fighting wildfires, search and rescue operations, and other Law Enforcement missions.
There is no doubt that without these amazing assets and the expertise of the crew, this rescue may not have occurred with two of our citizens possibly losing their lives.
Please join me in thanking everyone involved who played such an important role in protecting our citizens.
Great Job Brevard County Sheriff’s Office team and our partners with Titusville Police Department!
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