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Accident Information File


01/25/2003
Two eastern Iowa men died after they tried to scuba dive in an ice-covered quarry near Lowden and got trapped under the ice. An acquaintance had dropped the men off at the Wendling Quarries' Lowden site and called for help when the two did not return for a ride home. Rescue squad divers scoured the quarry for several hours before postponing their search because of the extreme cold. The men were found underneath the ice about 30 feet from each other. They were wearing scuba gear. (Source: MSHA and Des Moines Register)