IOWA DROWNINGS: Surge In Fatalities


There has been a surge of drowning deaths across the state.

Northwest Iowa is dealing with the drowning deaths of five people all in a little more than a month.

The latest incident happened Monday.

According to the Sioux City Journal, 49-year old Kurtis Kruse drowned while swimming at a gravel pit in Newell.

The four other cases involved victims ranging from 25 to 80 years old.

Three of the drowning happened in rivers, the other two occurred in lakes.

Police say none of the incidents are related.

In northeastern Iowa, another drowning victim was located Wednesday morning in the Cedar River near Waterloo.

19-year old Andre Tims was tubing down the river on Sunday when the current pushed him into a pile of debris.

Tims’ tube flipped and he was pulled under the water. His body was found about three miles from where he went under.

KWWL also reports a 54-year old man died Wednesday morning in Iowa City.

Perry Graham’s body was recovered shortly after emergency personnel received a report of a male falling into the Iowa River near the Highway 6 bridge.

An autopsy is pending.

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