ALGONA — A North Iowa man remained hospitalized Friday after being rescued from a river near Algona earlier this week.

Thomas Fitzpatrick began having chest pains and felt short of breath while he and his 10-year-old granddaughter were rescued from the East Fork of the Des Moines River Wednesday evening.

The pair were stranded by a log jam while boating from the Plum Creek dam to Veterans Park in Algona.

The dam is in the Wildwood Recreation Area about 4.5 miles upstream from the park.

Kossuth County sheriff’s deputies located Fitzpatrick’s boat using a drone.

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Algona firefighters, police, EMS and the county’s emergency management also participated in the search and recovery of the boaters.

Fitzpatrick was taken to Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona and then flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

He was listed in good condition Friday morning at the Mason City hospital.

— Molly Montag

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