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Boys whose kayak capsized rescued from Salinas River in Paso Robles

Rescuers pulled two boys whose kayak capsized out of the Salinas River in Paso Robles on Saturday night, according to the Paso Robles Fire Department.

Firefighters found the boys about 150 feet offshore just before 6 p.m. in the area of Rio Court behind the Albertsons shopping center.

Neither of the boys — ages 16 and 17 — had a lifejacket, according to a Fire Department report. One was standing on a small island, while the other was clinging to a tree in the water.

Witnesses told authorities that the boys were kayaking with friends when their boat capsized, spilling four occupants into the river. Two of the kayakers made it ashore on their own and were found by rescuers.

As a CHP helicopter provided overhead lighting, firefighters swam to the boys and fitted them with floatation devices and helmets, then swam them to shore as San Luis Ambulance medics awaited.

Both were rescued in just under 50 minutes, according to fire officials. They were treated for hypothermia at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

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