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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa Drownings On Upsurge DK.S MOINKS tl'1'1) An official of the Iowa conserva- tion commission yaid Monday records in his office indicate that drownings this year are running ahead of last year's toi.-iN- II o y Downing, supet'in- ti'iident of waters for iiie com mission, said he has not been able Jo complete an evalua- tion of the recent drown- ings reported, but s'aid the made an upsurge." Commission records showed that ti'l persons drowned in Iowa waters last year and be- tween 53 and (it) have drowned so far this year. Downing said his office has processed 41! reports of this year and at least a others are known. Indications ''The indications to us are that they are up, at least dur- ing this most recent Downing said. "They are too high compared with last year." Downing's office did not h a v e a month-by-month breakdown of drownings, but an assistant preparing the fig- ures said "we mav have to start one Downing said his office has not determined whether the recent rash of drownings were direct ly related to the hot weather of the last two weeks, but added, "the situation would seem to indicate that." 13 Drowned Temperatures soared into the 90s and 100s during the last weekend, when seven per- sons drowned in Iowa waters and an Iowa woman drowned in the Mississippi river on the Wisconsin side. Five persons drowned in Iowa waters over the long Fourth of July week- end period. Downing said it would be hard to pinpoint .the exact causes of most drownings, but said a major one would be people underestimating their swimming ability. "I to 1m'able to swim long distances but .Sunday I went out and couldn't do tlljnl; fni- a lot of people. Became Kxhausli'd "Kverybody goes to ihe water when it's hot like this :i'id sometimes they tend to relax and be a little foolii-h. ill'lUIC they are aware." Downing noted, however, that a number of unusual drownings have occurred in Iowa this year, such as two cases when riders fell off horses and drowned. "I don't I'.no'.v ho'.v you can warn people against some- thing like he said. to improve situation1-: in tho.-e kuiil of drownings." Not As .Many Downing said il appears that boating accidents haven't caused as many drownings as :n lin- hut saiti there have betn several cases where peo- ple have fallen out of boats. lie also noted that there were a number of drownings earlier Central Facility for City, School Discussed I IOWA CITY A central ser-i taxpayer if a joint facility could 'vice facility to he used jointly! be developed. I by Iowa City and the Iowa City! school Merlin Ludwick' Community school district nUsiness Manager John Gil-! discussed by representatives ofiicspje sajd tney wiu reiay comj i the t-.vo agencies .Monday. pi0tc. details on such rccoinmen-i City Manager Ray Wells anddalions to the school board. jMayor Ed Czarnecki pointed out, the mceli the the duplication o some facility ,owa CUv sdloo, boardb wcnt saving to thejinlo cxcclltivc ,0 discuss i dismissal of Albert Jagnow, a Uw 'Southeast junior hish school' O I I U LJ V V-'Cl1. i i teacher. Damages Asked! Another such session was I [scheduled for p.m. Tucs-i IOWA C11Y Evelyn B. Lar-jday maUcr m for the regula in the year when the weather was cooler and the accidents weren't expected. 1 if i had to thing today to help prevent drownings it would be to re- i.nnii pait-iiL.-, lo
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