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Firefighters Rescue 2 Teen Girls After Inner Tube Punctured On Shiawassee River

The girls clung to a tree branch while they waited for help.

June 19, 2019 - 4:49 pm

HOLLY, Mich. (WWJ) -- A pair of 13-year-old girls are okay after they were rescued from the Shiawassee River Tuesday night.

The girls were floating down the river near Holly around 6:45 p.m. when their inner tube was punctured and began to sink. The teens, who were not wearing life jackets, clung to a tree branch and waited for authorities after dialing 911. It was not made clear how long they were clinging to the tree.

Holly firefighters were able to pull the girls to safety and authorities said they were fatigued, but not injured during the incident. The girls are reportedly from the nearby towns of Davisburg and White Lake.

A marine unit and a diver from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene, but Holly firefighters had already completed the rescue before they arrived.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.