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October 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Oregon beachgoers form human chain to rescue swimmer

The Associated Press

NEWPORT, Ore. — Beachgoers in Oregon helped pull a struggling swimmer to shore by forming a human chain after she and seven others were stranded on a rocky outcropping during high tide.

Five people in the group remained on the rocks near Depoe Bay and were rescued one-by-one by a Coast Guard helicopter Saturday, but three opted to take their chances in the surf.

The five who were rescued ranged in age from 18 to 30 years old.

Ray Felle of Portland, who recorded the drama on his phone, said the girl was separated from the group and struggling when the people on the beach worked to pull her in.

Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams said she was conscious when rescuers arrived. Williams said the incoming tide would have swept the people off the rocks within a half hour.

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