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Authorities Rescue Two Boys from Shifting Ice

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FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two young brothers rescued from ice on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge were not injured during the ordeal.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department says the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near Hydro Electric Park. The boys, ages 12 and 7, got stuck on a sheet of ice about 75 feet from the west bank of the river.

A witness says the boys walked onto the ice before it started shifting. The brothers panicked and the witness called 911.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the rescue, which took about 45 minutes, involved firefighters using a flat-bottomed aluminum boat to pull the boys to shore.

The brothers were hugged by their mother once they reached solid ground. They were examined at the scene but did not require hospitalization.