Iowa State crew club president discusses boat’s capsizing

Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 2:09 PM CDT
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AMES, Iowa (AP) - The president of the Iowa State University student crew club says winds that had been forecast to remain low picked up suddenly, causing a boat to capsize before the crew could return to shore, drowning two members on March 28.

Crew Club President Alexis Aurandt told WHO-TV on Saturday that after crew members rowed onto the lake, the winds picked up out of nowhere, and the crew’s boat was surrounded by 1-foot waves. She says after the crew turned to get back to shore, a wave went under the boat and knocked it over.

Crew members were not wearing life vests but all crew members had passed swim tests.

The university and a national rowing association are investigating the accident.

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