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Training pays off for local young people in July 29 water rescue


August 10, 2022

Benny Westcott

Five area youths, who went to Foster Lake July 29, ended up rescuing two Salem residents in the water. From left, Madison Harris, Lace-Anna Shiffert, Frances Turnbull, Dexter Macauley and Michael Rowe.

A broken-down boat on Foster Lake may have recently gotten in the way of recreation for five area young people, but it turned out to be a life-saver for two Salem men.

The evening of July 29 began normally enough. Sweet Home High School Class of 2019 graduate Lace-Anna Shiffert set out for a cruise with her boyfriend, Michael Rowe, and his best friend, Dexter Macauley, both of Marcola; Shiffert's 15-year-old cousin Frances Turnbull, of Sweet Home, and Cascade Timber Consulting coworker Madison Harris on Rowe's father's motorboat.

"We were like, 'Let's go out on the lake. It's a hot day; w...

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