An alert bystander helped save two Salem teenagers near the Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp last weekend.
At approximately 6 p.m. last Saturday, May 11, two swimmers were rescued from the banks of the Willamette River in Keizer after they were stranded following a near-tragic river crossing.
Sherwin Schnell of Independence was sitting at the water’s edge when he saw two swimmers enter the water near the boat ramp on the east side of the Willamette River. The teen-aged swimmers were wearing children-sized “floaties” on each arm and immediately began struggling with the water current. They were struggling to reach the other side of the river.
At one point, they became entangled in a whirlpool and appeared unable to free themselves and get to the shore. Schnell called 911 and reported what he saw.
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