Airboat makes first rescue


published: 28 June 2017

Amery Fire Department’s (WI) newly acquired airboat was used in its first rescue operation on Wednesday, 21 June 2017.

A steep bank on Clear Lake made getting to a troubled teen difficult. Amery’s newly acquired airboat was used to expedite the rescue.

Crews responded to the Clear Lake chalet area around 6:30 p.m. for reports of a teenage girl who had sustained an ankle injury while using a rope swing. The girl was unable to climb the steep bank out of the water. Due to the terrain along the shore and steep bank, the easiest route to rescue the patient was from the water.

The airboat was used to rescue the girl and take her back to an ambulance waiting at the boat launch.

Assisting Amery Fire in the rescue were Clear Lake Fire, Clear Lake EMS and Clear Lake police.

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