Firefighters rescued by National Guard after airboats capsize

ARLINGTON, Neb. - A fire and rescue team had to be rescued from floodwaters near Arlington.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said just before 7 p.m. Thursday, the Fremont/Dodge County 911 Center received a call from a famiy living near the intersection of County Road U Boulevard and County Road 29 in Dodge County.

The location is approximately four miles east of Fremont, along the Elkhorn River.

The family said that their home was surrounded by water and that their basement walls were beginning to collapse.

Fremont Rural Fire Department and Fremon Fire were dispatched to the home.

Crews launched two airboats from an area about two miles west due to the floodwaters in the area. The boats were manned by three firefighters from Fremont Fire, one from Fremont Rural, one firefighter from Cedar Bluffs Fire and two airboat operators.

Around 9 p.m., both of the boats capsized sending all seven rescuers into the water.

Two National Guard helicopters were sent from Lincoln and rescued all seven fire rescuers at 10 p.m.

They were taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

The residents at the home refused transport when the National Guard helicopters went back for them.

The sheriff's office said at this time, there is no further information on the condition of the home or the residents.

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