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Man Pulled From Scioto River by CPD Chopper
COLUMBUS (Mike Kilburn/Ben Garbarek) -- Columbus Police helicopter pilots made a dramatic rescue of a man trapped on the ice on the Scioto River.
The call for help came in just after 5:00 p.m.Wednesday.
The Columbus Police helicopter was just 30 seconds away when the call for help came.
The crew lowered the helicopter to the victim, who grabbed part of the landing gear of the helicopter. The chopper was eventually able to drag him closer to the shore where police and firefighters on the ground were able to pull him to safety.
"We had enough room in the river to get down and at least try to get to him," said Officer Jeff Ferguson, one of the pilots. "Luckily we were able to get close enough to him. We figured okay, if we get close enough we can give him something to hang on to."
He was transported to Grant Medical Center. He is now in stable condition.
The two pilots are being credited with saving the man's life.
"This is absolutely the most awesome thing I've ever experienced in my life," said Jim Cox, the other pilot.