River Rescue

By: News Release
Jun 27th, 2019

RIVER RESCUE - June 26, 2019, 12:10 pm

While on patrol, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office spotted a family in distress in the Upper Iowa River. The 13 and 5-year-old girls from Bettendorf, Iowa, were tubing with their grandparents from Davenport, Iowa, who were ages 63 and 54. The girls and their grandfather were hung up on a fallen tree in the river west of the intersection of Pole Line Rd. and Hwy 52. The grandmother had been able to get to a nearby sand bar. The Sheriff’s Office summoned the Decorah Fire Department to assist with the rescue. The Sheriff’s Office and fire crews were able to successfully complete the rescue. Winneshiek Medical Center Ambulance responded to the scene and assessed the rescued family for injuries. No medical transports were required. Winneshiek County Emergency Management and Decorah Police Department also assisted at the scene.