Excavator operator drowns after machine slides into Iowa lake

Updated Nov 11, 2014

excavator-working-near-waterA worker operating an excavator on the bank of a lake in Iowa drowned last week after his machine slid into the water.

According to a report from KWQC TV, the worker, whose name was not released, was operating the excavator on the bank of Lake Mathes in Middletown, Iowa on November 4 when the machine lost traction and slid into the lake.

According to the report, Mathes is a deep lake and the operator was unable to escape from the cab and drowned.

A dive team recovered his body around 5:30 p.m., about six hours after the excavator went in.