Larch Corrections Center Inmates Save 3 Boys After Their Canoe Capsizes in Icy River

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Two prison inmates who were working near Salmon Creek in Washington dove into icy waters and saved three boys whose canoe had capsized.

A crew from the Larch Corrections Center was finishing their work for the day when a few of the inmates heard kids screaming.

"We just thought it was some kids screaming until we seen their two heads bobbing in the water with the canoe upside down," said Nelson Pettis, a member of the crew, to FOX News. "They were coming down over flooded Salmon Creek. It was raging pretty fast."

Pettis said when he jumped into the water he was initially surprised at how strong the current was. When he did finally find ground and managed to stay put, Pettis was able to catch the boys as they were sweeping down the river. They were then able to get to a small island in the middle of the river and wait there until rescue crews arrived.

Larry Bohn, another inmate, also jumped in the river as was able to grab the 16-year-old boy and pull him ashore before helping Pettis with the other boys down the river.

Vancouver firefighters and a Clark County rescue team were able to bring the boys to shore. The three boys and the two inmates were then transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for mild hypothermia.

The inmates, when interviewed, were humble about their rescue efforts.

"I think we did something that any good person would do. You see three helpless kids in a river, you help. That's what you do," said Fowler. "Just ‘cause we're incarcerated, doesn't mean we're bad people. We made some bad choices in our lives, but we're still, we're just like everybody else. We're just paying our debt for what we did wrong."

(FOX News)