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Rescuing the rescuers

Alabama, N.Y. -- An effort to rescue a hunter trapped in freezing water ended with the rescuers needing help.

A hunter called 911 after he became trapped chest-deep in freezing water at the Iroquois Wildlife Refuge Sunday.

Based on the GPS location of his cell call, crews thought they knew what they'd be dealing with. But they didn't realize a section of the water was not completely frozen and soon they fell in too.

That's when a helicopter was flown in to help.

"You start out with plan A, and have plan B and C in the back, and none of those were working," said Alabama Fire Chief Bill Schutt. "A helicopter lift is not something that we deal with on a daily basis out here. So it's not something that's in the early pages of our playbook."

The hunter and three firefighters had to be pulled from the water.

They were all taken to the hospital, but police have not released their conditions yet.

 
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