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Teens Saved from Rapids; Rescuer Hurt

April 2, 2013

A Bowling Green, Ky., firefighter careens through the rapids of the Barren River on April 1, after trying to assist in the rescue of two teenage fishermen. (Joe Imel/Daily News via AP)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A firefighter has been injured while rescuing two teenagers from a south-central Kentucky river when their small fishing boat became stuck on rocks in rapidly moving water.

The Daily News of Bowling Green reported that 16-year-olds Zack Sowders and Gage Lee of Bowling Green were safely rescued Monday, about three hours after their motor lost power near some of the rockiest points on Barren River.

Photos of the rescue show a Bowling Green Fire Department firefighter on his back being swept into the river and swimming toward shore, where a fellow rescuer grabbed his hand and pulled him out of the water.


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