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Two men rescued after trying to swim across American River

Two men, described as young adults, were rescued Wednesday afternoon after they became fatigued while trying to swim across the American River.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded about 3 p.m. to a possible flowing water rescue in the area of the San Juan Rapids. Fire district spokeswoman Capt. Michelle Eidam said the two men had tried to swim across the river and became tired. Each made it to shore, one on the north side of the river, near the New York Avenue access, and the other on the south side, near the El Manto access. Both, however, were in areas that were inaccessible by foot, making it necessary to bring them out by boat.

She said the two were taken to the Rossmoor Bar area, where they were met by paramedics. One was suffering from extreme fatigue, and the other had inhaled a significant amount of water, she said. One of the men was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Eidam said neither man was wearing a life vest. She said the river is flowing very fast and cold, and anyone going into the water should wear a life vest.