Chetopa Fire & Rescue pull stranded driver from flood water

Parsons Sun – May 4, 2017

Chetopa Fire and Rescue personnel helped retrieve a man sitting up to his chest in cold flood water Wednesday evening.

Rescuers were called at 5:28 p.m. Wednesday to 7000 and Victory roads. Flood water over Victory Road apparently was deeper than the driver thought and the pickup stalled when the water reached its headlights.

The rural Altamont man had called for help on his cellphone, but then didn’t answer when called back, authorities said.

Chetopa Fire and Rescue put a boat in the water to get to the truck, but the driver wasn’t in the vehicle. Rescuers found the man sitting in water up to his chest some distance from the truck.

“He was trying to walk south,” Chetopa Police Chief Scott Feagan said.

The man didn’t have injuries but was very cold, Feagan said.

Feagan said Chetopa rescue team member Justin Nading pulled the man into the boat and floated him south to a small hill on Victory Road. Feagan said he drove through shallow water to pick the rural Altamont man up and drive him to a waiting ambulance south of the flooded area on Victory Road. Labette Creek is still out of its banks and flooding a large area where the accident happened.

The Labette Health Ambulance Service took the man to Labette Health for possible treatment.

The Labette County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to investigate the accident.

Body Builder Wrecker of Coffeyville was called to retrieve the pickup.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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