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Swept-away swimmers rescued in Alexandria

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Two Alexandria girls escaped a near drowning Thursday morning.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Chelsea Lane, 13, and Nicole Currier, 8, were swimming in the Lake Cowdry-Darling channel when the current overtook both of them shortly before 11 a.m.

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The current brought the two girls into deeper territory and both were unable to stay above the water.

Onlookers observed the swimmers and one male, Darren Stebe of Alexandria, began to swim toward the girls.

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