Iowa man, 61, drowns while launching boat on river

LINN GROVE, Iowa (AP) — A 61-year-old Iowa man has drowned on a river in the northwest corner of the state.

KTIV reports (http://bit.ly/1aZUDGr ) that Robert Wiese of Greenville died Saturday afternoon.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s department says the incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told authorities that Wiese went into the river while working with a boat and never resurfaced.

Rescuers found Wiese’s body about a half mile downstream about two hours later.

Authorities say Wiese and his small boat were swept away by the current as he was trying to unload the boat.

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Information from: KTIV-TV, http://www.ktiv.com

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