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Firefighters Rescue Two Swimmers from Mississippi River

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    May 22, 2014 | 8:18 am

    CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Two swimmers swept into danger by the Mississippi River current have been rescued near Clinton.

    The Quad-City Times says ( ) the rescue operation began around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday. Clinton firefighters found the 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman clinging to trees on flooded Willow Island. They’d been in the water for 30 to 40 minutes and were having trouble holding onto the trees.

    A firefighter wearing a survival suit and tied to the shoreline took the man and woman to the shore. Paramedics checked the pair, but they refused treatment. Their names haven’t been released.

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