The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating an accident on the Mississippi River in Northeast Iowa.


Emergency medical personnel responded to the site just before 5pm Wednesday  (May 20), just north of Lansing.

The initial investigation indicates that 17 year olds Tyler Wild of New Albin and Clayton Little of Lansing, were both operating personal water craft on the river when it happened.

Wild was coming out of a turn, when he collided head-on with Little. Little's watercraft then went over the top of Wild, hitting him in the head, and knocking Wild unconscious.

According to the DNR, after the collision, Wild was face down in the water. Little helped Wild get into a boat, then took him to shore where he was given immediate medical attention.

Wild was then taken to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse. There was no word on his condition. Little was treated at the scene. The DNR notes that both teens were wearing life jackets, avoiding more serious injuries.

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