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Newport youth, Minneapolis man rescued from Vermillion River

A 23-year-old Minneapolis man and a 16-year-old Newport youth were rescued from the fast-moving Vermillion River Sunday afternoon.

Hastings Police, Fire and Ambulance Service, Dakota County deputies and a Minnesota State Patrol trooper responded to the area of the river near the 18th Street bridge at about 2:30 p.m.

The two came to Hastings to swim in the river, but apparently did not realize how high or swift the river was.

Hastings Police Officer David Bauer entered the river and, working with firefighters and officers on the riverbank, guided the two to safety on the river's edge.

Hastings Fire Department rescue personnel used a special harness to help the two from the river.