2 boys rescue struggling swimmer in Missouri River

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Associated Press

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 11:04 AM

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two Great Falls boys rescued a man who was struggling in the current of the Missouri River.

Daniel Chapman says he and a friend were wading in the river Sunday near Verde Park when he entered deep water and was pulled down by an undercurrent.

On the shore, Henry Vidal, his 14-year-old-son Jacob and 10-year-old J.T. Whitaker spotted the 20-year-old Chapman struggling. Henry Vidal told his son, "Go out and get them."

The Great Falls Tribune (http://bit.ly/NdepmQ) reports that Jacob and J.T. were wearing life vests and on stand-up paddle boards, which look like heavy surf boards that are propelled by a long paddle.

The boys pulled Chapman onto Vidal's board and took him to shore.

Chapman says he wouldn't have made it if not for them.

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