By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

A helicopter search team rescued five American kayakers, including two brothers, missing for more than three days in the wilderness of the central Asian nation of Tajikistan, early Thursday.

Siblings Matt and Nate Klema, Cooper Lambla, Ben Luck and Charles King were picked up from a remote location in the Badakhshan National Park. One of them had a broken leg, but the other four were in satisfactory condition, Russian news site Ria Novosti reported, adding that they were flying to the country’s capital Dushanbe.

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