5 Rescued By Helicopter In Flash Flood
August 25, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
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.