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2 youths swept away by river current rescued in St. Paul

An ambulance was seen near the Mississippi River on Thursday after two juveniles were rescued from the river. Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL -- When a 10-year-old fell into the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Thursday, a teen went after him to help, but both boys ended up being swept away by the current.

Nearby workers were able to rescue both boys shortly before 11 a.m. June 21.

“They were not hurt, they were just cold,” said Deputy Fire Chief Stacy Hohertz. Paramedics evaluated the boys, who are believed to be cousins, and released them to a relative.

They were on Raspberry Island when the 10-year-old was walking by the river’s edge and fell in, Hohertz said.

Railroad workers saw the boys were in distress, got into a boat and threw a flotation device to the 14-year-old, according to the fire department.

The 10-year-old had floated between two barges, which Hohertz described as a “significantly dangerous” situation — “that’s not a good position and you can get pulled under,” she said.

Workers from Upper River Services, which is on the river between the Robert Street and U.S. 52/Lafayette bridges, rescued the 10-year-old, according to Hohertz.

Five Upper River Services’ employees were honored last week for saving a man from the river in May.

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