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Gyrocopter & helicopter go down together, first responders save both pilots

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David Harris
Orlando Sentinel

A gyrocopter had a hard landing and a Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigating the incident also made a hard landing on Thursday in the Fort Meade area, according to the sheriff’s office.

The gyrocopter went down around 2 p.m. near County Line Road East, near Manley Road. The sheriff’s helicopter flown by Deputy Lavon Hughes was hovering over the crash when it also crashed about an hour later.

Both pilots were not seriously injured, the sheriff’s office said.

The area was tough to get to because it is rural, wet and mucky, the sheriff’s office said. The two pilots could not be reached by deputies on foot, boats, or all-terrain vehicles, and additional agencies responded to assist. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued the pilots.

“This was an extraordinary situation, and we’re happy that both men were not seriously hurt,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.

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