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Friday
Mar152013

Teen's Body Recovered from Foam Filled River

ABC News(SIOUX FALLS, S.D.) -- Rescuers have recovered the body of a teenage girl who jumped into a frigid, foam filled South Dakota river to save her little brother who had fallen in.

The girl, Madison Wallace, 16, was one of two people who vanished in the thick foam on the river as they tried to rescue her 6-year-old brother Garrett Wallace.

Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras said rescuers found Madison Wallace's body in water that was anywhere from 5 to 10 feet deep.

After rescuers removed her from the river, her family took the body to a local hospital, he said.

A dive team is still searching the icy and foam covered waters for Lyle Eagletail, 28, a bystander who leaped into the water after the young boy and teenage girl.

Garrett Wallace fell into the Big Sioux River around 6 p.m. Thursday, Sideras said. His sister and Eagletail went after him in rescue attempts.

The boy was found alive sometime later, ABC News affiliate KSFY-TV reported. It's unclear how the boy escaped the turbulent river.

The force of the water had churned up a thick blanket of foam over the river and all three disappeared into the foam. The foam is six feet deep in areas.

The 6-year-old suffered no injuries, but was taken to the hospital as a formality, he said.

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