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Swimmer pulled from Columbia River by friends

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A swimmer is in a local hospital after his friends pulled him from the Columbia River near Lemon Island around 3:45pm Saturday.

According to the Coast Guard, the 54-year-old man was suffering from cardiac arrest. 

Nearby citizens provided CPR until Coast Guard Auxiliarists arrived on scene to take over.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's River Patrol Deputies also responded to transport the man to a waiting EMS team at the 42nd Street boat ramp.

Greg Merten, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, said in a statement, "By taking immediate action and performing CPR, the crew greatly increased the mariner's chances of survival so he could be transferred to EMS."

Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies are conducting an investigation into the incident.

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