Map of where rescuers were approximately attempting to save a family from floodwaters

Two boats with five firefighters and two drivers capsized Thursday night as they were trying to rescue people in Dodge County near the Elkhorn River.

Numerous helicopters were called to assist at the scene southwest of Arlington, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office said.

All seven rescuers were taken to Methodist Fremont Health to treat hypothermia, with at least one in critical condition, according to 911 dispatch reports. That firefighter may have been in the water for an hour or more.

The injured firefighters had been heading to a home southwest of Arlington, where a family was stranded in their home near Elkhorn River.

The family called 911 Thursday night about 7 p.m. to say their home was surrounded by water and the basement walls were starting to collapse.

Fremont and Cedar Bluffs Fire Department rescuers headed there in two airboats and about 9 p.m., both boats capsized. Two National Guard helicopters took the rescuers to the hospital about about 10 p.m. 

After the firefighters were pulled from the water, rescuers re-attempted the family's rescue, this time by helicopter.

The family refused to be transported, officials said. No additional information was available early Friday morning about the condition of the home or residents. 

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