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Iowa State University students involved in boating accident; one dead


This news story was published on March 29, 2021.
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Iowa State University in Ames

AMES – Members of the Iowa State Crew Club were practicing Sunday morning at Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County when their boat capsized. Three of the five students were rescued from the water and treated and released from Mary Greeley Medical Center. A dive team recovered the body of one student and the search continues for the other missing student.

President Wendy Wintersteen released the following statement:

“The Iowa State community is heartbroken to learn of this tragic accident at Little Wall Lake. At this time, we are focused on providing support to club members, their families and friends. We ask that everyone keep them in their thoughts during this very difficult time.

“On behalf of the university community, I want to thank the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Story County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University Police Department, Jewel Fire and Rescue, Gilbert Fire, Stratford Fire and Rescue, Mary Greeley Medical Center and community members for their response and continued search efforts.”

The Iowa State Crew Club is a recognized student organization. The university is working with investigators and will provide more information as it is available. The names of the students involved are not being released at this time.

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    March 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    I thought iowa law says anyone on the water should wear a life belt or preserver. If not, shouldn’t common sense tell you to wear one? Kinda hard to feel sorry for someone when they fail to use common sense. No life belt, no sympathy.