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PICTURES: Construction worker saves drowning woman

A heroic construction worker has rescued a drowning woman from in a dam in Iowa, in the USA.

The worker was suspended from a crane over the torrential waters of the Des Moines river to save the 60-year-old woman.

Local reports say she and another man fell into the river when their boat capsized.

The Des Moines Register reported that a group of men, working on a neighbouring construction site, had spotted the woman in the swell.

Fire crews had tried to throw the pair life preservers, but after no success the construction team moved a crane to the side of the water and rigged up worker Jason Oglesbee, who was able to grab the woman from the water.

But local reports said when emergency services were unable to save the man trapped in the water.