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SALEM - Six people from a homeless camp near Salem were rescued from a rising Willamette River Friday.

Salem Fire Battalion Chief Brian Hoaglin said crews were trying to rescue four more near Wallace Park.

Rescuers responded to reports of people yelling from the river that they were trapped around 1 p.m. Several homeless camps that were washed out with residents standing in high water.

Four were taken to the hospital for possible hypothermia, cuts and bruises. None had injuries that were-life-threatening.

The area was barricaded to prevent folks from going back in, Hoaglin said.

These situations happen so rarely that some people are not aware of how quickly the water rises it catches them off guard and in places where they need to be need be rescued, Hoaglin added.

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