MUSCATINE — A 56-year-old Muscatine woman pulled from the Mississippi River Monday was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.
The woman's name has not yet been released by law enforcement.
Around 4:26 p.m. Monday, the Muscatine Joint Communications Center received a 911 call of a person in the water at the riverfront in Muscatine. Upon arrival, emergency responders found a person in the open water, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hartman.
He said the female was located and tracked by personnel on shore while the water rescue team came to the scene. Once a boat arrived, crews had to clear an opening in the ice large enough to fit the rescue boat. Hartman said ice had to be cleared for around 15 feet prior to reaching floating water.
Once the ice was cleared, a boat was launched with rescue personnel and paramedics. The subject was reached and brought into the rescue boat and medical care began immediately, Hartman said.
The woman was transferred to a waiting ambulance and transported to UnityPoint-Trinity Muscatine in critical condition, according to Hartman. Tuesday, city officials announced she was later pronounced dead.
Three responders were taken to the hospital in private vehicles for assessment due to exposure to the extreme cold and wet environment, according to Hartman. None of the responders showed any medical distress on scene, he said, and the assessment was done as a preventative measure.
Additional information regarding the incident is not yet available. The incident is being investigated by the Muscatine Police Department.
Around 30 first-responders from the Muscatine Police Department, Muscatine Sheriff's Office, Muscatine Search and Rescue and the Muscatine Fire Department were on the scene, as well as the county emergency manager.