VANCOUVER -- Three brothers were thrown into the cold and fast water after their canoe tipped in Salmon Creek Wednesday, and three inmates from a nearby work crew were able to help rescue them.

Crews were called for a swift-water rescue near Klineline Park just before 12:30 p.m., according to Jerry Green of the Vancouver Fire Department.

Three brothers, aged 8, 10 and 16, had fallen into the water, Green said. The two younger boys were stuck on a mass of wood debris in the middle of the creek, while the teen was able to swim to shore.

Three members of a Washington Dept. of Corrections work crew went into the water to help save the stranded boys, Green said. A technical rescue team arrived on scene and safely removed the boys from the debris area while the inmates made their way back to shore.

Two of the inmates and all three boys were treated for hypothermia.

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