State troopers rescue brothers and their dog from river

Posted by: Mario Hendricks - bio | email

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Trooper Aviation Unit and Critical Response Team assisted Fischer Rescue in the rescue of two brothers stranded on a rock at Lynn Overlook in Little River Canyon.

Together, the responders rescued brothers Paul Hoffman, 23, and Kevin Hoffman, 21, both of Scottsboro, along with their dog.

The two brothers were hiking in the canyon when one fell into the river, becoming trapped in the current. The second brother attempted to help and also became trapped.

Paul Hoffman was safely airlifted from the canyon, suffering only minor injuries. Kevin Hoffman and the brothers' dog also were airlifted to safety; both were uninjured.

The aerial rescue operation was conducted using the Department of Public Safety's Bell 407 helicopter. It was purchased through a U.S. Department of Justice, Justice Assistance Program funded grant in 2007, after Hurricane Katrina.

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