DUPLIN COUNTY -

Two men spent an hour hanging on to a tree branch, fighting for their lives after a strong current swept them downriver from a swimming spot.

It happened Sunday night in Duplin County near Chinquapin.

Officials said the two men were in their 20's and were swimming at the Deep Bottom Bridge.

The bridge is part of Deep Bottom Road, crossing the northeast Cape Fear River.

Officials said the men did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries.