MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office this week twice this week had to rescue two land surveyors who got lost in a East Manatee swamp.
On Wednesday, William M. Pyle Jr. and Mark M. Coxwell, who were working as subcontractors for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, were working in a swamp off Wauchula Road, when their vehicle got stuck. They were able to get out of the swamp on foot unharmed except for some mild dehydration with the assistance of the sheriff's office aviation unit and EMS paramedics, according to a report.
The next day, at about 5:25 p.m., Pyle and Coxwell entered the swamp from the 7600 block of Wauchula Road to retrieve their vehicle and soon again were in trouble, according to the sheriff's office.
"While in the swamp attempting to retrieve their vehicle the two again became dehydrated and required the assistance of the MCSO and the Myakka City Fire Department to navigate out of the swamp," the report states.
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Specifically, deputies dropped several bottles of water to the pair, and were able to navigate them back to safety. Once back at Wachula Road, Pyle and Coxwell declined medical attention.
Their boss, who apparently had advised the men not to return to the swamp, told authorities he would be sending a crew with better equipment and a better plan to retrieve the vehicle stuck in the swamp.