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Swimmer pulled 200 yards from shore by rip current in Lake Superior

The woman was swimming in Duluth Saturday afternoon when a rip current pulled her away from shore.

The Duluth Fire Department rescued a woman from a possible drowning in Lake Superior Saturday afternoon.

The department responded to the call at around 4 p.m. According to the department, a woman was swimming near the shore near the 2800 block of Minnesota Avenue when she was pulled under by a rip current.

The woman was pulled around 200 yards from the shore. The rest of her party was able to make it to shore.

Members of the fire department used a rescue surfboard to bring the woman back to shore. She was then treated by Mayo Ambulance before being transferred to the local hospital. She suffered exhaustion but is expected to recover.

“Our crews train for situations like this,” DFD Assistant Chief Dennis Edwards said in a statement. “Over the last few years, we have done a lot of training and done equipment upgrades as a part of our water rescue program.

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