The rescue of two people from Red River Gorge marked the first hoist rescue in the history of the Kentucky State Police aviation program.

Kentucky State Police and multiple search and rescue teams helped and rescued two stranded kayakers who went missing on Monday, reports.

State police and the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team began the search for the missing pair in the upper Red River Gorge region Monday evening.

Red STAR Wilderness EMS, a volunteer Wilderness emergency medical service, were contacted by state police Tuesday afternoon after the missing people were spotted in “some of the most rugged terrain that the Red River Gorge region has to offer.” Wolfe County Search and Rescue advised that a rescue with a hoist-equipped Huey helicopter was required to retrieve the canoeists given the circumstances.

Two Red STAR paramedics assisted state police with the rescue while the helicopter hovered approximately 200 feet above the Red River to hoist the individuals who had been lost.