WAUSAU, Wis. -

First responders have rescued a teenage girl from the river in Wausau.

Fire officials said the girl was swimming with friends near Fern Island Sunday night when a strong current pulled her downstream. She apparently was trying to reach a sandbar about 15 feet from the island.

Firefighters threw a rope to the girl as she clung to the pylons underneath the Thomas Street bridge and pulled her to safety. Daily Herald Media reported that she was transported to a local hospital.