Iowa man falls off boat, floats down Cedar River

TIPTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an eastern Iowa man was able to get to shore after falling off his boat and floating down the Cedar River.

The state Department of Natural Resources says authorities were contacted before 1 a.m. Sunday about a man yelling for help and blowing an air horn as he clung to his 16-foot boat near the Cedar Valley access on the Cedar River southwest of Tipton.

Authorities say they spotted 35-year-old Trent Wright, of West Branch, clinging to the boat but later lost sight of him.

Wright, who was not wearing a life jacket, was found downstream on a river bank at about 3 a.m. He showed signs of hypothermia and was transported to an Iowa City hospital. He was later released.

Wright’s boat was also recovered downstream.

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