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2 hunters rescued from near-freezing Lake McConaughy after boat capsizes over the weekend

December 19, 2011

From TheRepublic.com

OGALLALA, Neb. — Two hunters were rescued out of the nearly freezing waters of Lake McConaughy (Muh-KAHN'-uh-hay) after their boat capsized.

Ogallala radio station KOGA reports (http://bit.ly/sDhFUu ) that three hunters were in a boat that capsized Saturday east of Makochmni, on the south shore of Lake Mac. The call came in around 6:30 a.m.

Keystone-Lemoyne Fire Chief Ralph Moul says two hunters swam to shore and borrowed a jet ski to rescue the third hunter, but one ended up back in the water when the jet ski sunk. The water at the time was about 40 degrees.

One of the two rescued hunters was transported to the Ogallala Community Hospital for treatment of severe hypothermia. The other hunter was treated in an ambulance.

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