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Exhausted swimmers saved after boat drifts away in Detroit Lakes

Neither swimmer was wearing a life jacket.

A couple of swimmers wound up fighting to stay above water after their boat blew away from them on Saturday. 

According to the Becker County Sheriff's Office, a report of an empty boat in the middle of Detroit Lake turned into a rescue operation for two people who had left the boat to go for a swim. 

While swimming, strong winds pushed the boat away from a 51-year-old man from Fargo and a 49-year-old woman from Fargo, both of whom became exhausted while trying to swim back to the boat as it drifted away. 

Deputies responding to the scene located the woman about 200 yards from shore and were able to save her. Authorities then received a report that a group on a pontoon found a man in the water, whom they were holding onto because they couldn't pull him up into the pontoon. 

The man and woman were transported to a local hospital for injuries that the sheriff's office did not consider life-threatening. 

Neither person was wearing a life jacket, the sheriff's office added. 

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