MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - Emergency crews in Marshalltown were called to the Center Street Bridge spanning the Iowa River at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday for a report of swimmers being in distress.
When they arrived at the scene they learned two teenagers who were swimming n the river were caught in a strong current. Both the boy and girl were eventually able to swim out of the river on their own. Crews then transported the teens to the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center to be treated for minor injuries.
Marshalltown police chief Michael Tupper released a statement about the rescue saying, This evening we averted a tragedy. Recreational swimming in the Iowa River is inherently dangerous. This specific area near the Center Street Bridge has a long and notorious history that includes multiple injuries and deaths that have resulted from swimming accidents. The river currents and river depths can be very deceptive. The Marshalltown Police Department is pleading with the community to refrain from swimming in the Iowa River.
Police say they are still investigating this incident.