Coast Guard rescues stranded Delaware duck hunter and his dog

The Coast Guard rescued a duck hunter and his dog from a marsh near Indian River, Delaware, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. A passer-by spotted the man trapped in the marsh, who alerted a local fire department. The marsh proved too shallow for fire department boats, so Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew to hoist the man and his dog to safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Atlantic City

The Coast Guard rescued a duck hunter and his dog from a marsh near Indian River, Delaware, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Atlantic City

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard rescued a duck hunter and his dog after they became stranded in a marshy area near Indian River Bay, Delaware, today.

The Coast Guard received notification after Millville Fire Department determined their boats could not access the marshy area, at 9 a.m.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was dispatched to aid the hunter by watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay.

Once on-scene, the helicopter crew successfully hoisted the man aboard from his boat and transported him safely to land at around 10:50 a.m.

“The Coast Guard recommends duck hunters and boaters always carry a marine band radio, or communication device,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class, Julie Saternis, “Having an ability to quickly notify first responders of trouble is a must-have for safety on the water.”



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