Two intoxicated boaters caused a deadly accident on Father’s Day night on the Des Moines River, killing a 49-year-old knee border that was being pulled by one of the boats involved in the crash.
The two men operating the boats were charged with boating while intoxicated. The 46-year-old driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.172, more than twice the legal limit, and the 54-year-old’s was at 0.129. Two passengers in the 54-year-old’s boat were thrown from the vessel and sustained minor injuries.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating the cause of the accident. At least a dozen eyewitness statements offer unclear or contradictory events of what transpired.