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A pair of hunters were rescued by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service boat team and a park police helicopter after being stranded on the Potomac River near Rushville early Monday morning.

Then two men were not injured or transported following the incident, which took place at about 6 a.m. Monday a few hundred yards north of Katie Island, according to a Tweet posted by Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman.

U.S. Park Police Eagle 2 was also dispatched to provide air support for the rescue, but neither of the hunters was in the water during the rescue, said Sgt. D. Tolson, a rescue technician with the U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit, who participated in the operation.

“It was my understanding that two hunters lost track of their boat while they were setting some duck decoys and their boat got away from them,” Tolson said. “They were warm, dry and out of the water.”

Park police helicopters are typically dispatched to provide overhead support for water rescues, especially when frigid water temperatures or other hazardous conditions are a factor, Tolson said. He credited the quick response of Montgomery County’s River Rescue and Tactical Services team and an excellent working relationship between the fire service and park police for the successful rescue.

jarias@gazette.net