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50 first responders perform rope rescue to save 6 teens swept down Vermilion River

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 08:20:42-04

VERMILION, Ohio — Six teens who were swept down the Vermilion River were rescued by firefighters from several area fire departments on Monday night, according to the Florence Township Fire Department.

The group of teens were celebrating a birthday on the Vermilion River, south of Mill Hollow Bacon Woods Park, when they were swept down the river by the force of the current, according to local freelance photographer Ryan Canterbury, who was on scene during the rescue.

Florence Township Fire Department confirmed firefighters used a rope down a 250-foot cliff to rescue the teens.

Fifty firefighters and rescuers, including personnel from the Vermilion Fire Department and LifeCare EMS were also on scene to assist with the rescue.

News 5 has reached out to authorities for more information, including the conditions of the teens.