IOWA RIVER: Officials Warn Of Swimming Danger

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Temperatures are heating up in central Iowa and Marshalltown police are warning people of the dangers of trying to cool down with a swim in the Iowa River.

Tuesday evening, just before 6:00 p.m. public safety officers were called to an area near the Center Street Bridge in Marshalltown on some swimmers in distress.

Officers say a teenage girl and boy were swimming in the Iowa River when they got caught up in a strong current and needed help getting to shore. The pair was eventually able to get safely out of the water on their own.

Paramedics took them to the hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Police are reminding residents that swimming in the Iowa River is dangerous because of the strong currents.

The specific area near the Center Street Bridge has a long history that includes multiple injuries and deaths that have resulted from swimming accidents. In 2012, four people drowned in the Iowa River in Marshalltown within a month of each other.