N.Y. sheriff's helicopter rescues campers after flood

By Michael Beebe and Brian Meyer
Buffalo News

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A peaceful night of camping in the Zoar Valley turned into a nightmare Sunday when violent thunderstorms and a deluge of rain flooded a small campground and had seven people fighting for their lives.

Six hours of clinging to cars and campers ended shortly before dawn when Capt. Kevin Caffery guided the Erie County Sheriff's Office helicopter into the narrow gorge and slowly lifted each to safety.

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