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Columbus Police chopper pilots rescue man from Scioto River

 
Columbus Police chopper pilots rescue man from Scioto River
Posted Thursday, February 20th 2014 @ 9am  by The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)--A police helicopter pilot is drawing praise for helping to rescue a man who fell into an icy Scioto River.

Columbus Officer Jeff Ferguson and co-pilot Jim Cox were training nearby when the call came in Wednesday about a man struggling in the river. Ferguson responded and lowered the aircraft so that the man clinging to a shelf of ice could grab on to the skid and be moved closer to shore.

From there, other officers threw the man a line and pulled him to safety.

Police say the man had been fishing and might have drowned without the helicopter team's help.

(Photo courtesy ABC6/FOX28)

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