Just before 4 p.m. this afternoon, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Regional Everglades units responded to a call of two python hunters, stranded and disoriented, 15 miles west of U. S. Highway 27 at the northernmost border of Broward County. BSFR Regional Everglades units and BSO Air Rescue began a search of the area and around 4:30 p.m., air rescue located the two hunters, about two miles north of the L-5 Levee and 15 miles west of U. S. 27. The helicopter landed in the Everglades and brought the two men to the waiting rescue units, about two miles from where they were picked up.
The victims, ages 22 and 25, complained of lightheadedness and weakness and were suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. BSFR firefighter/paramedics treated both patients on the scene. They refused transport to the hospital.
The firefighters were told that the pair was from Tennessee and they were in Florida to hunt pythons. Due to HIPPA regulations, their names are not available, nor do they have a local address. It is believed they were staying in their car in the Everglades while hunting.