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Close encounter with chopper

Contributed Joseph Sikora

Watch as this group of boaters gets up close and personal with a firefighting helicopter Saturday afternoon.

According to Joseph Sikora, the pilot "kept dropping his bucket right beside people. We were all out of his way, floating in a tube, and here comes a chopper."

The bucket dropped 20 feet away from Sikora and the pilot "gave me thumbs up from his bubble on the side of his chopper, then flew away."

Sikora said this carried on all afternoon.

"It was almost like he was playing with people under him. It was pretty cool."

Emergency services reminds all lake users to stay clear of loading areas for helicopters and planes filling up on the lake. 



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