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Boys' Icy River Saga Ends Safely as Brothers Rescued in Iowa

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 02:09 PM

By Nick Sanchez

Two boys stuck on an icy Des Moines River were rescued Thursday by local firefighters. The young brothers, marooned on a piece of shifting ice, were not harmed during the incident.

Corbin Crawford, 12, and Dylan Crawford, 7, were headed toward the churning waters of a hydro-electric dam when the pair was discovered clutching each other and crying for help, reports the Fort Dodge Messenger.

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The brothers found themselves on a sheet of ice 75 feet off the banks after one of their shoes became caked in mud, and he began kicking to get the mud off. The shoe was kicked off and flew to the middle of the ice, and the brothers went out to retrieve it. Once on the ice, the sheet began shifting and heading downstream.

Two bystanders heard the brothers' cries, and one called 911.

Using ropes, life jackets and a boat, firefighters had the boys to safety in under an hour.

The first step was to throw life jackets tied to ropes to the boys. Once they had the jackets on, one firefighter, Alan Angstrom, slid out to them in a flotation suit. Another, Pat Greve, went into the water between the shore and the boys, the Messenger reported.

Next came the flat-bottomed aluminum boat, which took several firefighters to deploy. Once the boys boarded the boat and got back to land they were examined by paramedics and found to have no injuries.

The boys were quickly embraced by their mother, Barbara Crawford, and older sister, who greeted them with tears of relief.

The minute their mother arrived on the scene, she yelled to them to say, "You're not in trouble! I just want you safe," she told NBC News. She said she was "thankful, and happy they were together."

Later that day, Fire Department Capt. Paul Neeson told the Messenger, "One of the guys here got a message saying they’re home and enjoying some hot chocolate and that they learned their lessons for the day."

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