A 30-year old man died in Cedar Rapids after the Jet Ski he was riding got too close to a roller dam last night. Information from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department says Christopher Clark of Cedar Rapids was wearing a life jacket however the undercurrents at the dam were simply too strong.
Witnesses say it all happened around 8 p.m., and a woman who was with Clark on another Jet Ski attempted to go towards the roller dam to help him and she jumped in the water just below the dam.
By-standers yelled from the shore for the female to get out of the water because of the dangers associated with the roller dam undercurrent. The female got back on her Jet Ski and went to shore. By that time, Clark was going under water and resurfacing, obviously caught in the roller dam.
Firefighters had to put a 100-foot long ladder with a basket over the boil and used rope and rescue equipment to retrieve Clark’s body.