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Two Iowa State Crew Members Die After Boat Capsizes

Andy Berg

Iowa State is mourning the loss of two student-athletes who died in a tragic rowing accident.

The search for the bodies of the crew members ended mid-morning on Monday when the second body was retrieved from Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County.

Three of the five crew members in the boat that capsized made it to shore safely with the help of locals who live near the lake.

Hamilton County Sheriff Douglas Timmons said during a news conference that was reported by the Ames Tribune that the outcome could have been “much worse” if not for the help of those civilians, whom he called “heroes.” 

The names of the crew members have not been released pending family notification.

Iowa State president Wendy Wintersteen released the following statement: 

“The Iowa State community is heartbroken to learn of this tragic accident at Little Wall Lake. At this time, we are focused on providing support to club members, their families and friends. We ask that everyone keep them in their thoughts during this very difficult time.

“On behalf of the university community, I want to thank the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Story County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Department of Natural Resources, Iowa State University Police Department, Jewel Fire and Rescue, Gilbert Fire, Mary Greeley Medical Center and community members for their response and continued search efforts.”

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