Public Safety

Authorities unsuccessful in search for vehicle that went into the Cedar River Sunday

Emergency personnel from Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Johnson County Emergency Management dive team work to locate and recover a vehicle near Mohawk park boat ramp in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 12, 2018. The car was submerged Sunday evening, March 11, and the occupants, a woman and two children, were receiving medical care according to information released by the city of Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Emergency personnel from Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Johnson County Emergency Management dive team work to locate and recover a vehicle near Mohawk park boat ramp in Cedar Rapids on Monday, March 12, 2018. The car was submerged Sunday evening, March 11, and the occupants, a woman and two children, were receiving medical care according to information released by the city of Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — The search for a vehicle that went into the Cedar River on Sunday has been called off.

Cedar Rapids communication coordinator Gail Loskill said authorities searching the river for the vehicle - including the Cedar Rapids police and fire departments and Johnson County Dive Team - were unable to locate the vehicle. The search was called off.

Cedar Rapids police and fire officials were called to the Mohawk boat ramp, 101 J Ave. NE, at 4:44 p.m. Sunday for a report of a vehicle in the water. When officials arrived on the scene, firefighters found two ski boats when people who had helped a woman and two children out of the sinking car.

Authorities said the woman and two children were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities returned to the Mohawk boat ramp around 11 a.m. Monday and deployed two boats on to the river. The boats appeared to be searching several hundred yards of the river. At the same time, police taped off a grassy area just north of the boat ramp.

Had the vehicle been recovered, it would have been taken as evidence for an ongoing investigation into Sunday’s incident. Loskill said she did not have information on whether the incident was being treated as a criminal matter.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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