Fremont Fire, Cedar Bluffs Fire Personnel Hospitalized After Capsized Boat Plunges Crew Into Floodwaters

Fremont Fire, Cedar Bluffs Fire Personnel Hospitalized After Capsized Boat Plunges Crew Into Floodwaters
This photo by Washington County Chief Deputy Willis shows a view of flooded Arlington on Highway 30 looking west.

ARLINGTON – Seven first responders were plunged into icy floodwaters last night after their rescue boats capsized during an emergency rescue operation.

Five firefighters and two boat drivers were trying to perform a rescue operation in rural Dodge county near the Elkhorn River, east of Fremont and southwest of Arlington. Multiple helicopters could be heard throughout the city around 9PM as they responded to requests for aid to pull the first responders out of the frigid water.

When a family called 911 on Thursday night just after 7PM, rescue crews were notified that the family was stranded in their home. “Our basement walls are starting to go,” said one of the residents to a 911 operator. Fremont Fire Department and Cedar Bluffs Fire responded to the area and began the search for the home and individuals. At 9PM, their airboats capsized. The National Guard sent out helicopters to rescue the rescuers, and the crew was pulled out of the water and taken to receive medical attention around 10PM.

All seven members of the rescue crew were taken to Methodist Fremont Health to receive treatment for hypothermia. Reports conflict about the current status of the family who originally called for assistance.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that one of the first responders was in critical condition – this was not correct. We apologize for our error.
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