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Pilot Who Helped in Flooding Is Being Investigated

Pilot Who Helped in Flooding Is Being Investigated



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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The helicopter pilot who helped saved a family stranded by flood waters in Washington County is now being investigated.

The Federal Aviation Administration says 29-year-old Jeremy Johnson violated F-A-A rules.

Johnson has been told by the F-A-A, he failed to give a required seven days' notice before offering helicopter rides above the flood-damaged area. Johnson was offering the rides to residents in order to raise money for the family he rescued.

Johnson saved Rolf and Renae Ludwig and their six children from danger after the river invaded their ranch.

He was also told he violated F-A-A rules when he carried explosives and an explosives expert across the river. He did to help free up a blockage on the river that was contributing to the flooding.

The F-A-A won't say what penalties Johnson may face.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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