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Van pulled from Cedar River in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A van was pulled from the Cedar River in Waterloo Wednesday afternoon.

A park worker at the Riverview Recreation Area noticed the roof of the van at the edge of the river in the morning and called authorities.  The Waterloo Fire Department responded with a boat to the area off Hawthorne Avenue and used new cold water gear to pull the vehicle from the river in an uncommon fashion.

Captain Steve Weliver said divers are normally used in this situation to attach a chain underneath the vehicle below the water.  Wednesday, they decided to break out the back windows, run a cable through them, and pull it out that way.  Crews used the new water gear to stay above the surface of the river for the entire operation.

The van was out of the water by 1:30 p.m.  Authorities said it could have been in the river for some time, with the high river levels recently.  No bodies were found inside, although a bunch of garbage did float away during the extraction.

Police arrived at the scene shortly afterward to investigate the vehicle.  The van had Black Hawk County plates.  If you have any information about how the vehicle got into the water, you are encouraged to call police.

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