UPDATE: Names released from rescue operation below the Dam Saturday morning

Picture by Mike Roberts: Emergency personnel are shown rescuing a kayaker below the dam.

By Mike Roberts

Rescue personnel were dispatched to the South Tailwater, below the Red Rock Dam, Saturday morning. Two people were pulled from the water after kayakers went inside a restricted area, according to witnesses.

Rescuers did retrieve one of the kayakers who was speaking with them in the boat after being pulled from the water. The other kayaker had floated down river and pulled into a boat by fishermen.

Marion County Tribune learned yesterday afternoon that Timothy Chicoine, age 61 of Des Moines, was pronounced dead at Pella Regional, after CPR was initiated on scene.

Kevin Beatty, age 56 of Tracy, was treated and released from Pella Regional.

The joint rescue operation included the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Pella Fire, Pella Ambulance, Knoxville Township Fire Department, City of Knoxville Fire & Rescue and, Iowa DNR and the Army Corp of Engineers as well as area fishermen and workers from the construction site at the dam.

Mike Roberts Photos: Emergency personnel are shown on the rocks, below the dam, carrying one of the Kayaks that went under in the restricted area after the operation.