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5 Rescued By Helicopter In Flash Flood

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 25 (UPI) — Five state workers had to be rescued by a helicopter after becoming stranded by a flash flood in Buffalo, N.Y, rescuers said.

The men were stuck under the Cattaraugus Creek Bridge on the Cattaraugus Reservation Thursday morning after a thunderstorm hit the area overnight, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported.

With water rising, the five transportation workers made it to a sandbar and were able to call for help.

“All of them were standing in water. They probably would have been washed away in a very short period of time,” said Capt. Kevin Caffery, pilot of the rescue helicopter.

One at a time, each of the men was lifted in a rescue basket and they were then flown to shore.

“We made five rescues in about 5 minutes,” Caffery said.

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