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Authorities rescue 5 people and 3 dogs stranded after camping mishap on Wapsipinicon River in Northern Iowa

BUCHANAN COUNTY, IOWA – Authorities rescued 5 people and 3 dogs stranded after a camping mishap on the Wapsipinicon River in Northern Iowa.

On Sunday, August 7, 2022 at approximately 7:45 am, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an individual stating that he and his family had been camping on a sandbar on the Wapsipinicon River north of Quasqueton and nearest to the 2700 block of Coots Blvd. Due to recent rainfall, their tents had collapsed and some of their kayaks and tubes had floated down river, stranding the individuals on the sandbar.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters responded to the area. Firefighters utilizing a rescue boat were able to launch from the Iron Bridge Access in the 2700 block of Nolen Avenue and find the individuals up river.

In total, five persons and three dogs were rescued and brought to a safe location and no injuries were reported.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Quasqueton Fire Department and Independence Fire Department.

(Photo via Buchana county sheriff’s dept.)

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