Names of Iowa boat crash victims released


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the names of four people who died after a boat collision on the Mississippi River in Iowa.  Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone on Monday listed them as 22-year-old Jacob Boyd, 21-year-old Matthew House, 21-year-old Blake Eakins and 20-year-old Caitlyn Atchley. All four victims are from Burlington. 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the four bodies were found Sunday within 100 yards of the crash site. None was wearing a life vest.  Along with the four killed, eight people were injured when two johnboats – flat-bottomed boats often made of aluminum – crashed in the O’Connell Slough area of the river before 2 a.m. Saturday.   One of the boats was carrying 11 people; the other had a single passenger.