At approximately 6 a.m. Sunday morning the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Dept. along with their swift water rescue team was dispatched to the Arkansas River near Vian in reference to a call from duck hunters needing assistance. The boat was located near the Moody Boat Ramp in the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.
The duck hunters were found standing on top of their boat. Rescue crews retrieved the men and brought them to shore where EMS treated them for cold weather exposure. According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart the men were in good condition.
The hunters were identified as father and son, Matthew Reith from Fayetteville and Jerome Reith from Fort Smith. They reported that their boat had filled with water and sank.
Sheriff Lockhart stated his appreciation for the Vian Fire Dept. and the McKey Fire Dept. "They did an outstanding job," concluded Lockhart.
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