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2 students dead after Iowa State crew club boat capsizes during practice


Law enforcement search for a missing Iowa State University Crew Club member on Monday, March 29, 2021, at Little Wall Lake in Iowa.

JEWELL, Iowa – Two students died after a boat carrying five members of the Iowa State University crew club capsized on a lake Sunday morning, the university and authorities said.

The incident occurred as the group was practicing on Little Wall Lake, south of Jewell, Iowa, according to a news release from the university. 

Three of the students were rescued from the water, treated and released from a local hospital. The body of another student was recovered by a dive team Sunday.

Hamilton County authorities searched for the missing fifth member until nightfall Sunday, when the search was suspended and set to resume Monday morning. 

Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons said at a Monday press conference that authorities found the body of the missing crew member, marking the second casualty from the incident.

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Firefighters from the Ventura Fire Department used an advanced sonar imaging system to find the second body, Timmons said Monday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources made the identification around 10 a.m. local time, Timmons said.

The sheriff’s office said Sunday night that, “out of respect for the students involved they will not be named until the families can be properly notified.”


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