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A member of the Duluth Fire Department rushes a boy wrapped in a blanket to an ambulance after he was rescued by bystanders after getting swept away by a rip current on Lake Superior at the 12th Street Beach on Park Point on Wednesday evening. The boy's sister and mother also were pulled from the lake. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Mother, two children saved from Lake Superior rip current

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A woman and two children were rescued from Lake Superior on Wednesday after they got caught in what meteorologists called a freak rip current.

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Although flags flown near the near Park Point's 12th Street Beach were green, meaning conditions did not meet the criteria for rip currents, an 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl playing in the water were pulled out about 500 feet from shore, according to Duluth Police information officer Jim Hansen.

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