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GENESEE COUNTY – Emergency personnel from four counties ended up responding to a 911 call from a hunter who became trapped in waist-deep water while roaming the backwoods of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Sunday afternoon.

Rescuers were able to free him at about 6 p.m. after he had spent several hours in the water. He was taken to a staging area by helicopter where he was treated for symptoms of hypothermia.

The command center for the operation was set up near the intersection of Lewiston and Casey roads in the Genesee County community of Basom.

Crews from Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties joined rescue personnel from Genesee County in the rescue effort, which included a cold water rescue unit from Wolcottsville and even a hovercraft from Clarence. Three firemen and the hunter had to be ferried out of the woods by helicopter as darkness fell over the wilderness area.

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