Body recovered after canoe capsizes on Mississippi River

One person died after a canoe he was in capsized on the Mississippi River.

According to a spokesperson from Scott County Sheriff’s Office, a canoe that was carrying four people capsized on the Mississippi River near Princeton, Iowa shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The sheriff's office said that three of the four people on the canoe were able to swim to shore, but the fourth person went missing.

Police officers, fire crews, and a dive team were called to assist in the search efforts. Around 5:15 p.m. the body was recovered.

The victim's name was being withheld pending family notification.

Le Claire, Camanche, Port Byron, and Albany Fire Departments were helping with the search, along with the Iowa DNR, Le Claire Police and Med-Force Helicopter Ambulance.

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  • Jo

    Sadly this happens at the start of a wonderful season on our area waters. My sympathies to friends and families of the victim.

    Wear a life jacket on the water

    All boat occupants should wear a life jacket to lower the risk of drowning. U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are now more attractive in appearance and more comfortable to wear. When properly fitted, a life jacket can prevent injury or loss of life.
    The CDC reported that, from 2005 to ’09, an average of 3,533 unintentional drownings occurred per year. An additional 347 people per year died from drowning in boating-related incidents. In the Quad-City region, most reported drownings occur in area rivers, including the Mississippi, Rock and Wapsipinicon.

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