First responders use drone to assist in water rescue

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On Wednesday, Montgomery County Deputies were dispatched to County Road 6600 and County Road 4500 for a report of a missing person.

Robert Harriman was last known to be at the location around 10 that morning, but the area was severely flooded by the Verdigris River from the heavy rainfall over the last week.

Deputies located Harriman’s vehicle a half mile from the roadway and the Neodesha Fire Department was called to the scene for a water rescue.

Micah Songer, of Neodesha, arrived on scene and was able to launch a drone to allow emergency crews to better observe the vehicle and Harriman. 

It was determined Harriman was trapped in the vehicle. Neodesha Fire was able to reach the vehicle by boat with the assistance of Kansas Wildlife and Parks and remove Harriman from the vehicle.

Harriman was treated by Independence EMS and later transported to an area hospital. 

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