Boating accident on the Mississippi River near the Clinton Marina


A collision between two boats in the Mississippi River Saturday night near the Clinton marina closed the river while emergency crews checked the scene. The eight people involved were moved to another private boat by the time emergency crews arrived and were brought to shore and checked by Clinton Fire Department Paramedics and one was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Clinton Fire Department responded to the emergency call about the collision of two boats in the main channel shortly after 9 P-M Saturday.
Rescuers found that a V-bottom fishing boat collided with a pontoon boat. The collision caused the fishing boat to go over the top of the pontoon boat.
Five people were on the pontoon boat and three people were on the fishing boat.

The Clinton Fire Department was assisted by a tug boat from A-D-M to move the boats back to the marina. The U-S Coast Guard did close the river to traffic while the operation took place.
The scene was turned over to the Iowa D-N-R for investigation.

The Clinton Fire Department responded with the seven firefighters and was assisted by the Clinton Police, Clinton County Conservation officers and the A-D-M.
The fire department was on the scene for about one and three-quarters hours.