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Stranded fishermen rescued on Rock Lake

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Last Thursday morning Darren Hughes and Martin Worthington headed south to spend the day fishing for steal head on Rock Lake. The two had traveled to the far end of the and lake and been trolling for a few hours when suddenly a storm hit.

Heading back to the boat launch, the weather got worse.

They ran out of gas and switched to their trolling motor, but it was no use in the stiff winds. Luckily the two were able to make it to shore. With no way to call for help and knowing they needed to do something, Darren's military training from years before kicked in.

When he didn't come home late that night, Darren's wife called the Sheriff's Office to report him missing, telling them where he could be. Whitman County deputies spotted his truck at the Rock Lake boat launch, and the Spokane Sheriff's helicopter Air 1 began searching the lake for the two men.

Eventually the pilot spotted the campfire they had built and were able to lead a rescue boat right to them.

Darren says he's learned his lesson. When and if his wife let's him go fishing again he will have more safety equipment in his boat, and a second tank of gas.

For more information on what to keep in your boat when you go fishing, click here: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg5214/survivalequip.asp

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