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Body recovered in Winona following a water search

WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) – Police found the body of the 63-year-old man who fell into the Mississippi River while fishing at about 8 p.m. Saturday night, according to our sister station WXOW in La Crosse, Wis.

Multiple agencies helped the Winona County Dive and Rescue find a man who was missing after he fell off a boat Friday evening.

Winona County Dispatch received a call a little after 5 p.m. Friday of a boat in distress at the Prairie Island Spillway. When crews arrived, one occupant had been rescued by a passing boat, but one man was still missing.

The two on board were a 63-year-old man and his future son-in-law. The two men were fishing when they came to a spillway. A spillway is a passage for surplus of water. Dams usually are designed with one.

They tried to go alongside the spillway, when the fast and high water caused their boat to go over it and flipped the boat. The son-in-law surfaced, but the 63-year-old man did not.

Crews used different techniques to give them a mark where the man could be than they will have divers go in to look for the man.

Authorities stress wearing a life jacket anytime you’re on the water is important.

Search crews were able to find the boat and the men’s fishing gear.

The Winona County Sheriff’s office closed Prairie Island boat landing Saturday morning to give crews room to work.


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