More than 200 U.S. soldiers had to be evacuated by helicopter yesterday after rising waters left them stranded at a training area near Chung Ju.
No one was injured during the evacuation.
According to a 2nd Infantry Division release, several days of rain caused the Chung Ju River to rise, washing out an access road leading into Training Area Tom, where 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers had gathered for an exercise.
South Korean army units were called to the scene to assist in a possible water rescue. However, it was determined that the best way to get the U.S. soldiers to safety was by helicopter.
“We were called early in the morning,” said South Korean Staff Sgt. Kwon Gi-hun of the 7th Engineer Brigade in Janghowon. “I have trained with the U.S. before and it’s good to be able to help.”