MAHASKA COUNTY — A child and three adults were injured in a boating accident near Lanphier's Landing.
On Saturday, June 29, at around 10:45 p.m., the Mahaska County Sheriff's office was dispatched to the Des Moines River, near Lanphier's Landing boat ramp, regarding a 2-year-old child who had been injured in a boating accident. According to a news release, it was reported the child was being transported by boat to this ramp from the river.
According to the release, upon the arrival of emergency responders, it was discovered in addition to the child's injuries, there were three adults with injuries. All were transported to Mahaska Health Partnership. The child and an adult female were later transported to the University of Iowa for further treatment.
Preliminary investigation, according to the news release, indicated that a boat driven by Chad Armbruster of Oskaloosa had struck the bank of a river, throwing eight passengers out of the boat. Other boats in the area assisted getting all passengers back into boats and transported safely to the Lanphier's Landing boat ramp.
The boat Armbruster was driving suffered significant damage as a result of the accident.
Charges are pending against Armbruster.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted during this matter by the Department of Natural Resources, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Mahaska County Emergency Management Agency, the Oskaloosa Fire Department, Mahaska Health Partnership Ambulance Service, Clay Township Fire Department and Mahaska County Dispatch Center.
According to the news release, investigation into the matter has been turned over to the Department of Natural Resources and is continuing.