Duck Hunters Rescued After Boat Sinks On River In Sequoyah County

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COURTESY: Sheriff Ron Lockhart

SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and several rescuers were on the scene when duck hunters needed assistance after their boat capsized on the Arkansas River near Vian, Oklahoma early Sunday morning (Jan. 24), according to Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

Dispatchers told 5NEWS the capsized boat was found near the Moody Boat Ramp in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

Water rescue teams and rescue boats were dispatched.

Sheriff Lockhart said the men were found standing on top of the capsized boat when rescue crews arrived around 7 a.m.  The hunters seemed to be in good condition and were taken on a rescue boat to shore to be treated by EMS for exposure to the cold elements, according to Lockhart.

The Vian Fire Department and the McKey Fire Department assisted in the rescue. “They did an outstanding job,” Lockhart said. “The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Swift Water Rescue Team has made around 14 rescues in the past year.”

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