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Boater rescued from Clear Lake

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CLEAR LAKE (KWWL) -

A Clear Lake man was rescued from the lake Saturday. The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say 40-year-old Scott Davis had to be rescued after becoming exhausted swimming to his children who were tubing behind the boat early Saturday evening.  They say Davis was boating with his wife and four children on the southwest side of the lake near the Farmer's Beach area. Two of the children were being pulled on tubes behind the boat when one of the tubes briefly went under water shortly after 5 p.m.  They say Davis jumped in the water fully clothed including his shoes and began swimming to toward the children. As he was swimming back with one of the children he began tiring quickly and was struggling in the water. His wife was eventually able to throw a life jacket to him and get him to the boat.

Water patrol officers from the Iowa Department Natural Resource responded to the family's calls for help and assisted by getting the boat back to shore and alerting emergency medical personnel.

Davis was taken to a Mason City hospital to be treated for exhaustion.

 "He was fortunate that there was a life jacket available to throw to him, but he should have had it on when he entered the water. This serves as a reminder for boaters to wear life jackets especially when entering the water and not to be wearing clothing that can hinder their ability to swim," said Ben Bergman of the DNR.

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