Iowa man survives fall into Cedar River

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Two hours of tense searching ended when a conservation officer found an Iowa man who had fallen into the Cedar River without a life jacket.

Cedar County authorities took a 911 call just after 1 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013 reporting a man in the river downstream from Tipton.  The man was reportedly yelling for help and blowing an air horn.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports Trent Wright, 35, of West Branch, was found clinging to a 16-foot fishing boat when emergency responders arrived.

Then they lost sight of Wright and could not hear him.

“Wright was later found downstream on a bank of the river at approximately 3 a.m. by a DNR conservation officer and a Cedar County sheriff’s deputy where he appeared to show signs of hypothermia,” a statement from the Iowa DNR said.  “He was transported by ambulance to University Hospitals in Iowa City where he was treated and released.”

His boat was also found downstream.

Although Wright was not wearing a life jacket, DNR authorities said required safety equipment was on his boat.