The weekend’s mild weather lured a couple of southwest Iowa teens into an outing that nearly had a tragic ending. The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department investigated a situation at the old Mount Ayr Lake Saturday afternoon. The report indicates a 15-year-old female was attempting to swim across the old lake and was having trouble swimming. A 9-1-1 call was received from a male subject that a female was having trouble swimming across the lake. Ringgold County sheriff’s deputies, the Mount Ayr fire department, and a dive team responded. Deputy Sheriff Vic Lilienthal was first on the scene with a life jacket on and rescued the girl from the frigid water 60 yards out. Lilienthal and the girl were both transported to Ringgold County Hospital for testing. No injuries were reported and both parties were released. The report also indicates that charges are pending at this time.
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