2 men missing in river after attempted rescue

Published On: Mar 13 2013 11:39:26 AM EDT
Suwannee River drownings search
FANNING SPRINGS, Fla. -

Two men are assumed dead after they dove into the Suwannee River to rescue a child.

The men jumped in the river to assist a distressed 8-year-old swimmer on Monday.

Officials say the two would-be rescuers became distressed themselves, which lead to two more citizens diving into the Suwannee River in an attempt to rescue all three swimmers.

The child was brought safely to shore, but the two initial rescuers weren't able to get out of the river.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office Dive Team helped the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office with the search.

A multi-county search is ongoing.

The names of the missing men have not yet been released.

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