Veteran noodler Jerry Rider and his son Andy were competing in the Okie Noodling Competition in scorching temperatures when Jerry came down with heat stroke.
As his situation deteriorated, "Mudcats" (Thu., 10 p.m. EST on History) viewers got to see just how dangerous working in extreme heat can be.
As Jerry started to feel overcome by the heat he got into the low-flowing river in an attempt to cool off. However, the water temperature was only a few degrees cooler than the air temperature so he found little relief.
Jerry's breathing became rapid and shallow and he had to lay down on the ground. By now, Andy was extremely concerned for his welfare.
As he got sicker, Jerry was scared he was having a heart attack. By the time the paramedics arrived he was clammy and confused, and he was also having serious trouble breathing.
Unable to stabilize him, the paramedics made the decision to immediately airlift him to a nearby hospital.
Follow the race to the title on "Mudcats," which airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on History.
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