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Rock Hill Rescue Squad, emergency personnel rescue 5 from Catawba River

ROCK HILL Emergency officials rescued five people who were stranded in the Catawba River in two separate incidents on Sunday.

Crews at about 5:40 p.m. were called to the Catawba River for a swift water rescue, according to Rock Hill Rescue Squad members on their Facebook page. The rescue squad was first on scene.

A woman had jumped into the river at Riverwalk in an attempt to swim from the Rock Hill side of the river to Fort Mill, members say. Rescue squad personnel used a boat to rescue the stranded woman and another person back to Riverwalk safely.

While still on scene, the rescue squad was called to assist with another rescue at the Catawba after emergency crews were informed of two women and a man stranded on an island.

Rescue squad members went back down river and managed to place all three people in the boat and back to the walking trail. Other responding agencies included: Piedmont EMS, Rock Hill Fire Department, York County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, the York County Emergency Response Team and York County's Office of Emergency Management.

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