A hunter who fell through the ice near Coralville has been rescued.
Twenty-five-year-old Jared Bushell of Hills called 911 himself just after 10:30 Thursday morning to say he was partially submerged in a wetland area and unable to move. He was in a secluded part of the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. Authorities were able to find him after a brief search. Rescuers equipped with special cold water wet suits pulled him out.
“The man was cold and wet, but otherwise uninjured,” according to the sheriff’s office. Bushell wound up walking out of the area on his own.
The Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is near the Coralville Reservoir. The property is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This past June state officials temporarily barred camping in the area after complaints that visitors were damaging the wildlife habitat. The area had been littered with trash and there were complaints about underage drinking, bonfires and illegal drug use.