Passers-by hear cries for help, assist in rescue effort

A child ran into the bait shop near the Big Blue River in Edinburgh and said someone was outside in the water calling for help.

Owner Robert Jessie ran outside about 12:15 p.m. Friday and saw several teens in the water. Two were grasping the shore and holding on to their unconscious friends as the current tried to drag them downstream.

They had been swimming upstream of the dam, but the current pulled a 16-year-old girl over the edge, sucking her under the water. Her four friends, all boys, followed to try to save her.

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