Two Men Rescued from Cedar River

By Emily Busse, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Firefighters and civilians rescued two stranded men from the Cedar River Wednesday night.

According to a release, the two men are between 50 and 60 years old and were near the Ellis Boat Harbor on the northwest side when they somehow got away from their jet skis.

Firefighters responded for a water rescue shortly after 7 p.m. With the help of civilian boaters, they rescued one of the men from the river. He was conscious and transported to St. Luke's Hospital, the release said.

The second man was rescued by 26-year-old Dillon Heinsius after he heard a cry for help in the water. Heinsius rode his jet ski over and found the men in the water near their jet skis. Heinsius and another boater with a rope moved the victim to the nearby peninsula. According to the release, police officers and bystanders quickly began treating the second man, who was unconscious. He was also transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids and is in serious condition, the release said.

Officials are still unsure as to why the two men ended up in the water away from their jet skis. The police department is investigating the incident.
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