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Off-duty Coast Guardsman, good Samaritan rescue boys swept away from shore

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Dana Gagliardi (USCG Station Siuslaw River) Dana Gagliardi (USCG Station Siuslaw River)

An off-duty Coast Guardsman and a good Samaritan are being credited with saving two boys who were swept away from shore near Florence. 

On Saturday, Dana Gagliardi heard a woman screaming while he was near the Siuslaw River. He noticed two young boys in the surf being pulled out from shore. 

Gagliardi and another witness, Angelo Santiago of Springfield, dove into the water and swam after the boys. 

Gagliardi was coming ashore with one of the two boys when he was met by Santiago, who had just saved the other boy. When Gagliardi turned to go back for the other boy, Santiago quickly informed him that the child was safe. 

The Coast Guard said Gagliardi and Santiago together returned the boys to their parents on shore and stood by until medical crews arrived. 

Gagliardi, who is also a firefighter, joined the Coast Guard eight months ago. 

This story has been updated with additional information from the U.S. Coast Guard about the good Samaritan's involvement in the rescue. 

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