Two men who died as a result of a boating accident on the Mississippi River Saturday were identified on Sunday by the Rock Island County coroner. The victims, David P. Slater, 50, of Davenport, and Thomas O. Trainer, 42, of Canton, Ill., were riding in a jon boat along with five other people on their way to go duck hunting. The boaters had left from Shady Creek, a mile north of Fairport, Iowa. While on their way, Rock Island County officials explain the vessel crashed into a buoy on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River around 6 a.m.
One of the men was thrown into the water while the other was thrown into the buoy. Emergency workers and other hunters were able to assist the other people in the vessel. The five other boaters survived the crash ,but sustained serious injuries and were airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City for treatment. According to Illinois Conservation Police, the other victim was treated at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport. His condition was not available as of Sunday night. Aside from sustaining serious injuries, the current conditions of the surviving victims and their identities are currently unavailable.
The results of the autopsies performed on Monday on the deceased boaters is pending. Authorities continue to investigate the boating accident.
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