Authorities rescue stranded 85-year-old

Law enforcement and emergency management personnel were able to rescue an 85-year-old man stranded in the bottoms near the Arkansas River Wednesday after a long and somewhat difficult search.

The man, whose name has not been released was found safe and uninjured.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department, Muldrow and Roland Fire Departments and Sequoyah County Emergency Management were involved in the search for the 85-year-old south of Muldrow, near the Arkansas River.

The man had used his 4-wheeler to go to an area that had been flooded previously when the -4-wheeler got stuck. The man then began to get weak from the extreme heat, Rutherford said. The man managed to contact 9-1-1 to request help.

Rutherford said because of his location, the cell phone call was going through a LeFlore County tower and was difficult to get his location.

“After a couple of hours of searching, a location was obtained and Undersheriff Greg Cox was able to locate the subject but was unable to reach him with his vehicle due to the land involved being flooded so bad and there was a lot of silt. Undersheriff Cox was able to walk to him and make sure he was okay,” Rutherford said.

Two other units attempted to make it into the area but, also, were unable to get through the mud and silt, Rutherford said.

The victim was finally removed from the area and checked by Pafford EMS. All the units were recovered and returned to service.

“Also, a big thanks to the 9-1-1 dispatchers from both Sequoyah and LeFlore counties for the job they did during this situation,” Rutherford said. “The extreme heat is very dangerous. Everyone should remain aware of this and when heat advisories are issued take notice of them and prepare for any situation.”

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