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Yakima River Rescue

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PROSSER, Wash.--Benton County Sheriff's Deputies say three boys are lucky to be alive Thursday (July 3rd) night.  Around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, neighbors living near the river on Sherman Avenue called 911.

They reported seeing three boys in the Yakima River stuck on some rocks.

Deputies say they were initially swimming near the dam when the strong current swept them downstream.

Two of the boys managed to swim back to shore, but when Prosser firefighters arrived, one boy still needed to be rescued.

"The guys were throwing a rope out to him that was connected to a life jacket and they were trying to pull him in, says witness Samantha Bender. At first, he went to grab it and didn't succeed. And the second time, he grabbed it and they got him in."

Fortunately, none of the boys were injured.

With all the brush and Russian Olive trees along the shore, firefighters used chainsaws to clear a path to the water.

Deputies say if you're going to swim in the river, use your best judgment.