Two men on their way to go duck hunting Saturday morning were
killed when their boat hit a buoy on the Illinois side of the
Mississippi River, Rock Island County officials said.
Coroner Brian Gustafson did not release the names or ages of the two
who died pending notification of their relatives. Autopsies are
tentatively scheduled for Monday, he said.
Five other people
in the boat were taken by other hunters and rescue personnel to the
closest landing, which was in Muscatine County, Iowa. Four were
airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City, where all of them
were in serious condition Saturday, Gustafson said. Their identities
were not being released, either.
The incident happened about
6 a.m., before sunrise, after a boat with seven people left from the
Shady Creek boat launch, a mile north of Fairport, Iowa, Petreikis
Upon impact, one man was thrown against the buoy and
another man was thrown out of the boat, he said. They died as a
result of the collision, he added.
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