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UPDATE: Body Recovered from River Near Princeton, IA

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UPDATE 4-18-14:

New details have been released in the accident that claimed the life of a man after a canoe capsized on the Mississippi River. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, there were four men in the 14-foot canoe that was rated for three people. There was only one life jacket and no one was wearing it at the time.


According to Jeff Harrison with the Iowa DNR, the men traveled by canoe down the Wapsipinicon River to the Mississippi River at LeClaire. They crossed the river and traveled to Cordova, then went back to the Iowa shore for a break. When they tried to get back into the canoe and push off, the current turned it sideways and it started taking on water and capsized. 


Harrison says all four were holding onto the capsized boat and were struggling in the current with their clothes on. They gave the life jacket to the weakest swimmer and helped him swim back to shore while 29-year-old Chris Simms continued to hold onto the boat.


One of the men then put on the life jacket and attempted to swim back out to the canoe, but Simms went under before he could get there.




 Emergency crews have confirmed that the body of a missing boater has now been recovered from the Mississippi River near Princeton, Iowa.

We are told dive teams on scene found the man shortly after they entered the water to aid in search efforts.

The Princeton Fire Department and Scott County Sheriff's Officer were assisted in the river rescue and recovery operations by the Le Claire Fire Department, Le Claire Police Department, Camanche Fire Department, Clinton Conservation, Iowa DNR, Port Byron Fire Department, Albany Fire Department and Med-Force Helicopter Ambulance.


Original: Crews Conducting River Rescue, Recovery Operations

Emergency crews from a number of area fire departments continue to search the waters of the Mississippi River near Princeton, Iowa, after a boat carrying four individuals capsized.


It happened around 11 a.m. on the Wapsi River near where it merges with the Mississippi, across from the Cordova Nuclear Plant, Saturday Morning.

The Princeton Fire Chief says four males had gone out on the water in a four person canoe.

He says when the boat capsized, all four males were able to make it to shore, but one man went back out to retrieve the boat.

Family members tells us that person is 30-year-old Christopher Simms, and the Chief says he is still unaccounted for.

The other three people are reportedly ok.

The Princeton Fire Chief says, because of the amount of time that has passed since the boat capsized, the operation is now likely a recovery effort.

KWQC has a crew on the scene right now and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Tune in for a live report at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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