One dead, one rescued after jet ski accident at Steel Dam


Share
Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 7:09 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
One person has died and another rescued after a jet skiing accident by the Steel Dam in the Rock River in Rock Island shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday.

According to a Rock Island Fire Department news release, they were called to assist the Blackhawk Fire Department in a "swift river rescue," after two jet skiers were pulled over the dam.

Besides Rock Island and Blackhawk fire, the sherriff's department, Rock Island Arsenal, a Med Force helicopter and a boat from the Backwater Gamblers met near the eastern tip of Vandruff's Island, where only one of the jet skiers could be seen.

The skier was caught in the turbulance, below the dam, and was rescued after crews floated a rescue rope and flotation device downstream to the person.

The body of the second victim was recovered downstream from the dam by the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department's boat. The othervictim was taken to Trinity Rock Island for treatment.

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




(More History)