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2 people rescued after raft overturns in downtown Des Moines

July 31, 2019
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Police body camera video captured the dramatic rescue of two people whose raft capsized, tossing them into the churning waters below a dam in Iowa's Des Moines River. (July 31)
Police body camera video captured the dramatic rescue of two people whose raft capsized, tossing them into the churning waters below a dam in Iowa's Des Moines River. (July 31)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people were rescued after their inflatable raft overturned on a river in downtown Des Moines.

Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Chris Clement says the raft was upended Monday night as it went over a low-head dam on the Des Moines River near the Scott Avenue Bridge.

Crews dropped rescue ropes for the man and woman. The two clung to the ropes and struggled to keep their heads above the onrushing water despite wearing life jackets. Police say rescuers shouted instructions and encouragement as they pulled mightily to maneuver the pair onto a concrete structure and safety.

The two were taken to a hospital and soon released. Authorities have not released the pair’s names.

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