Crews Rescue Pair On Elkhorn River


Two people are safe after a scare Saturday night on the high waters of the Elkhorn River.

After a pair of tubers didn't make their rendezvous point on time, crews from five different departments brought them back to safety.

When the call came in about the missing tubers, emergency lights lit up the area of the Elkhorn River near 250th and Q Streets. Several crews were onsite looking for the pair of male tubers.

Brandon Nazeck was fishing when he saw them float by earlier in the evening at about 8:40 p.m. They asked him to make a phone call. "They asked me to call the mom, and I talked to the mom, she said, 'Ok I'm glad they're ok.' I told her exactly where they were at, and I got a phone call about an hour later saying they had not shown up to where they were supposed to be," says Nazeck.

Departments from Waterloo, Valley, Bennington, Yutan, and OPD's Able 1 collaborated to find the two.

They were located just a thousand yards south of where they were last seen by Nazeck. After midnight, a boat returned with the cold and wet pair. They were immediately taken into a medical vehicle as a precaution.

For those nearby at the scene, it was a reminder of how dangerous the river can be. "It's definitely a reality check of where this river can take you, or where any river can take you; any body of water that you have no control over," says Nazeck.

Waterloo Fire Chief, Travis Harlow, isn't exactly sure how the two were caught up in the river. They were still floating when rescuers found them.

Harlow encourages everyone to stay out of the river until the water levels go back down.


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