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Anamosa couple swept over Wapsi dam, face charges


Anamosa police say a couple was drunk on Tuesday night when their boat went over a dam on the Wapsipinicon River, taking one person with it.

Officers were called to the river at around 10:23 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a boat going over the dam and two people in the water.

Police say officers immediately removed 39-year-old Amy Renee Rice and 30-year-old Clifford Baker from the water and tied the boat to the south river bank, just below the dam.

Through their investigation, officers determined that Rice dropped Baker off at the dock to get the trailer. While Baker was getting the trailer, police say Rice took the boat back to the middle of the river just above the dam. Officers say the boat lost power and began floating toward the dam.

Police say Baker then jumped into the river, swam to the boat and grabbed onto a security cable hanging from the walk bridge. Police say Rice didn't think Baker could hold the boat in place and jumped into the water to swim away from the dam. Police say she was swept over the dam by the current. Officers say Baker lost hold of the cable a short time later and was swept over the dam with the boat.

After being checked out by paramedics, police say the determined that both Rice and Baker were under the influence. They say Rice registered a .223 BAC while Baker registered a .113 BAC.

Rice is charged with boating while intoxicated. Baker is charged with public intoxication.

Police say the boat, which is registered to Clifford Brett Baker of Anamosa, was heavily damaged.

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