Body Cam Video Shows Des Moines Police Rescuing Couple From Raging River
Body Cam footage released by the Des Moines Police Department shows a rescue of a homeless couple after their inflatable raft capsized on the Des Moines River on Monday.
Saying on the Des Moines Police Facebook page: "On 29 July, at approximately 9:30 p.m., DMPD officers responded to the Scott St. Bridge to investigate reports of people yelling for "help". They arrived to find that an inflatable raft had capsized in the river, and two people were trapped in the turbulent waters of the dam, at times being pulled below the surface of the water."
Officers threw a rope to the couple and an officer can be heard yelling as he and a Good Samaritan both worked together to pull the couple to safety. The 44-year-old man and the 50-year-old woman were treated at the hospital and released.
"DMPD is proud of the courageous and selfless commitment of these officers, and of every member of our family who serves this community, 24/7!
Our lakes and rivers are inviting places to relax, cool off, and play during the summer. Please, be safe and aware of your surroundings. Wear a life-jacket. Follow the posted warnings as you near dams, and turn around or exit. Too often, going over the dam will trap a person in the spinning waters, and the results are fatal. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending."
Read more at WHO-TV.