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Swimmers Safe After Incident In Ripley

RIPLEY — Three swimmers had to be assisted after an incident in the waters of Lake Erie on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1:15 p.m., the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team was called to Ripley Beach to assist the Ripley Fire Department with a water rescue. Upon an investigation three subjects were swimming in the area of Ripley Beach when one of the subjects got pulled away from the beach due to a strong current and began to have difficulties swimming.

The other two subjects assisted in getting the subject to the cliff face but were unable to make it back to the beach due to the current. The emergency team, assisted by The Fuller Hose Water Rescue Team of North East, were able to pull two of the subjects from the cliff face and secure them in a boat. The third subject was able to climb up the cliff to safety on his own.

All subjects were evaluated at the scene by EMS and released.

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