Teens caught in Iowa River make escape

Two teens swimming in the Iowa River escaped with minor injuries after being caught in a strong current Tuesday evening.

Police Chief Mike Tupper said officers responded to the Center Street Bridge at approximately 6 p.m. for a report of swimmers in distress. The teens were swimming about 100 yards northwest of the bridge when they got caught in the current.

The two were able to get out of the river on their own, Tupper said, but were transported to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center with minor injuries.

“This evening we averted a tragedy,” Tupper said. “Recreational swimming in the Iowa River is inherently dangerous.”

The area near the Center Street Bridge has a long and notorious history that includes multiple injuries and deaths that have resulted from swimming accidents, he said. In 2012, four Marshalltown children drowned in the Iowa River.

“The river currents and river depths can be very deceptive,” Tupper said. “The Marshalltown Police Department is pleading with community to refrain from swimming in the Iowa River.”