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Low Head Dam Accident

Excuse the quality of the photos. I had to scan them from negatives.

We were called to a town in Iowa to recover a drowning victim from below a low head dam. A boy on an inner tube went over the dam and was held by the "boil". Some skiers above the damn tried to assist by attempting to lower a man over the damn on a ski rope. The motor faltered allowing the boat to be swept over the dam. The boy was hauled up the buttress. The drowning victim was found near the life jacket floating in the bottom center of the picture. His rope had become wound around a large rock by the current.

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