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iPhone app saves lives of 2 Minnesota boys

They were found barely conscious by a river in central Minnesota.

An iPhone locator app helped save the lives of two boys who were found barely conscious near a river in central Minnesota.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says it was called to Little Elk River near the town of Randall, Minnesota at around 3:21 p.m. on Sunday to assist with the recovery of two young boys.

The boys, aged 12 and 14, had been found by the 14-year-old's parents after they failed to show for a family function.

They used the "Find My iPhone" app to track them down, which led them to the riverside.

There they found the 12-year-old unconscious beneath a bridge and the 14-year-old semi-responsive beside the water, with the boy's father pulling both boys onto the shore where first responders got to work.

They were both rushed to hospital, with the 12-year-old, from Randall, airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Both are expected to be ok.

Randall police chief Charles Strack told WCCO that the incident might have had a tragic end had the father turned up even a few minutes later.

“Everything just worked out to save this kid’s life,” he said. 

“For a dad or mom or anyone to locate a childlike that is beyond belief, but he was still able to get him out and up the river bank,” he added.

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