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Hinton firefighters safe after boat capsizes

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The Summers County Volunteer Fire Department were praying for a miracle Thursday night. when during a rescue attempt fire chief David Adkins and his fellow firefighter in charge of Safety and Training, Ryan McFarland capsized.

"They basically spent most of the night in the water," said Assistant Fire Chief George Cales.

 "I thought i was done," says McFarland. 

"I knew we were the only boat available and I knew there wasn't anybody coming for us."

The rescuers were trying to reach three people who were trapped on an island near Little Wolf Creek in Hinton when the raft flipped the firefighters were separated and McFarland ended up holding onto a tree as water whooshed by.

The raft eventually turned upright and in the nick of time because McFarland couldn't hold on much longer.

"It gave way and I bounced to several other trees on the way down," says McFarland.

"I floated past the chief who was able to rescue me from the water."

When he let go of the tree the debris gave McFarland a bruise on his arm.

All of the traditional equipment the firefighters use to communicate with those back on land was lost. Fortunately the Chief still had his Samsung on him and miraculously it was still working.

McFarland says it wasn't just luck that they are safe.

"Somebody was looking out for us today."

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