'Disoriented' python hunters rescued in Everglades

Published On: Feb 08 2013 06:30:25 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 08 2013 06:30:34 AM EST
Burmese python
MIAMI -

Two young men who became "stranded and disoriented" while taking part in a python hunt in Florida's Everglades have been rescued, officials say.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in an email Thursday night that units responded to a call about the missing men at about 4 p.m.

Air rescue units began a search of the area, and the hunters were found about a half-hour later at a location 15 miles west of U.S. 27 at the northernmost border of the county. A helicopter landed and transported the two men to nearby rescue units.

Authorities said the victims, ages 22 and 25, "complained of light-headedness and weakness and were suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration."

Firefighters were told the men are from Tennessee.

The duo was treated at the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital.

More than 1,500 participants of a month-long python challenge have helped to capture 50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

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