Joseph Diener and Dominic Viet

An 18-year-old woman struggled to maintain a hold on the metal support post of a basketball goal after rapid-flowing water flooded a park in Columbia, Missouri, on June 25, 2021. A pair of 15-year-old high school students, Joseph Diener and Dominic Viet, were riding by on bicycles when they noticed the woman clinging to the post. Removing their shoes, the two boys descended a sloped grass embankment and entered the water. They waded a short distance before swimming nearly 50 feet to the woman, who then released her grip on the post, grasped one of Diener’s shoulders and one of Viet’s shoulders. The two teenagers then swam with the woman toward the embankment where they helped her to safety. Paramedics arrived and transported her to the hospital where she received evaluation. Neither of the teenagers was injured during the rescue.

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