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Canoers rescued from water in Port of Tampa

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Two men were rescued after their canoe flipped over in the shipping channel in East Bay in the Port of Tampa on Wednesday afternoon.

Tamp Fire Rescue reports the canoe flipped over just after 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Firefighters arrived on scene and said they saw one of the men about 500 feet from shore, near where the canoe flipped over. Firefighters said the other man attempted to swim to shore but stopped and grabbed chains from a barge about 50 feet from shore.

Officials said a tugboat stopped to help the men. The crew of the tugboat first helped 52-year-old Robert Berry from the shipping channel and then threw a life preserver to 26-year-old Adam Raicies who was holding onto the chains of the barge.

TFR says the crew of the tugboat brought both men to the shrimp docks off Causeway Blvd. Officials say both men were checked out by paramedics and neither of them needed to go to a hospital.

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