'Lone Survivor' rescued by local Air Force rescue team

'Lone Survivor' rescued by local Air Force rescue team

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The military action drama "Lone Survivor" was a hit at the box office during opening weekend, with a realistic adaptation of the survival of a Navy seal trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. The movie, which stars actor Mark Wahlberg as Navy seal Marcus Luttrell, has a real-life connection to Central Florida.

Colonel Jeff Macrander, of the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, was in charge of the pararescue team that pulled Luttrell out of an Afghanistan village deep behind enemy lines. FOX 35's Derrol Nail visited with the top commander of the combat rescue wing this week to get the colonel's thought's on that rescue nearly nine years ago.

"There's that little bit of anxiety of the unknown, because you never know how it's going to turn out," said Macrander.  "But we had a good plan, and we were being escorted. We knew going out the door chances of success were good."

The actual rescue was just a small part of the movie, and Col. Macrander said it didn't happen quite the same way as it was portrayed in the movie.

"It's not a wide open area [as seen in the movie]. It was actually on the side of a mountain, and it was narrow, in-between some houses." he said. "And it was at night. I do want to point out, it wasn't in the middle of daytime like that. It was at night."

If you would like to meet Col. Macrander to hear him retell the dramatic rescue, he will be signing books at the Carmike Theater in Viera at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17.

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