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DNR officers perform water rescue at Lake Manawa on Sunday

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 12:56:02-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Council Bluffs Fire Department were able to rescue multiple people, including a young child, on Sunday, after a personal watercraft had overturned at Lake Manawa.

Several people, including a six-year-old boy, had tipped over in the watercraft and were unable to get it turned upright according to the DNR.

Though all of the individuals were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident, strong winds and boat wakes created large waves and made it difficult for the child to stay above water.

A DNR Conservation Officer, two DNR Water Patrol Officers and a DNR Park Ranger were able to rescue two individuals including the six-year-old boy.

The boy was assessed by first responders and released at the scene. According to those on scene, he gave the DNR Conservation Officer a big hug and told him that police officers were his favorite.