STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Body of missing boater in Mississippi River recovered

The body of missing boater, 69-year-old Terry Woeltge, has been recovered.

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 8:35 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2019 3:41 PM

UPDATE: The body of missing boater, 69-year-old Terry Woeltge, has been recovered. 

Authorities recovered Woeltge's body around 11:30am on Saturday, July 27, after a recreational boater saw something floating in Lake Pepin and contacted the search agencies.

Woeltge's body has been handed over to the regional medical examiner. 

Wabasha County Sheriff Officer's Chief Deputy Jim Warren told KIMT this is a stark reminder that life jackets are needed when on the water, no matter the skill level of a boater.

Woeltge was reportedly not wearing a floatation device when he fell off of his boat and into the Mississippi River Thursday afternoon. 

Cheif Deputy Warren also recommends people do not go out on a boat alone for safety concerns. 

The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is thanking all of the agencies, organizations, and citizens who helped them in their search.

They include: Winona County's Dive and Rescue Team, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wild Life Service, Burce's Legacy, South Central Dive Team, Lake City Fire Department, Elma Fire Department, Durand Fire Department, and Goodhue County Sheriff's Office. 

PREVIOUS STORY:

UPDATE:  The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office is identifying the man who fell off a boat into the Mississippi River Thursday afternoon.

Terry Lee Woeltge, 69, has still not been found and the search continues.  He is described as wearing a black shirt, khaki shorts, khaki sandals, and the Sheriff's Office says Lee has white hair.  

LAKE CITY, Minn. – Searches have resumed for someone who fell off a boat Thursday afternoon.

The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office says it got a report around 4:49 pm of an individual falling off a boat into the Mississippi River near Lake City. A passenger on the boat says the individual went under the water and did not resurface.  The person was not wearing a personal floatation device.

A search was conducted until sunset with the help of the Lake City Fire Department, Goodhue county Sheriff’s Office, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The search began again at 7 am Friday.

The identity of the missing person is not being released pending notification of family.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20573

Reported Deaths: 878
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin6918534
Ramsey231697
Stearns192312
Nobles14572
Anoka116455
Dakota105935
Olmsted55110
Washington50626
Kandiyohi4541
Clay36623
Rice3652
Scott3462
Wright2401
Sherburne2081
Todd1970
Benton1662
Carver1612
Mower1501
Steele1400
Martin1245
Blue Earth1121
St. Louis11113
Pine850
Freeborn840
Winona7715
Carlton730
Nicollet683
Cottonwood620
Polk582
Otter Tail550
Itasca527
Goodhue522
Watonwan500
Chisago481
Dodge430
Meeker420
Crow Wing421
Le Sueur411
Chippewa400
Jackson390
Morrison380
Murray350
Becker320
Lyon310
Douglas290
McLeod260
Isanti250
Waseca240
Rock210
Unassigned199
Fillmore171
Mille Lacs161
Wabasha160
Swift150
Sibley120
Beltrami120
Wilkin113
Norman110
Kanabec111
Cass113
Faribault110
Brown112
Pipestone100
Marshall80
Pennington70
Pope70
Aitkin60
Wadena60
Yellow Medicine50
Koochiching50
Lincoln50
Mahnomen51
Renville50
Lac qui Parle30
Red Lake30
Big Stone30
Redwood30
Traverse30
Grant20
Houston20
Clearwater20
Hubbard10
Kittson10
Lake10
Roseau10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 17227

Reported Deaths: 456
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk3714108
Woodbury255524
Black Hawk167639
Linn92775
Marshall86611
Dallas84914
Johnson5987
Muscatine54339
Wapello5004
Crawford4772
Tama39023
Louisa3347
Scott3319
Dubuque31916
Jasper25616
Buena Vista2310
Pottawattamie2106
Sioux1990
Washington1798
Allamakee1184
Wright1170
Plymouth1080
Warren1060
Story941
Poweshiek888
Bremer676
Henry611
Clinton601
Boone540
Des Moines531
Mahaska526
Cedar451
Guthrie433
Taylor370
Benton371
Jones360
Monroe334
Iowa320
Clarke320
Osceola320
Shelby310
Buchanan310
Clayton303
Marion290
Webster271
Fayette260
Hamilton260
Madison241
Monona230
Cerro Gordo221
Lee220
Winneshiek210
Davis200
Lyon190
Grundy190
Harrison190
Floyd181
Jefferson150
Cherokee150
Butler150
Mills140
Delaware140
Humboldt130
Sac130
Greene130
Keokuk130
Hardin130
Howard120
Hancock120
Appanoose123
Audubon111
Jackson110
Cass110
Ida100
Page100
Clay100
Winnebago100
Carroll90
Van Buren80
Franklin80
Dickinson80
Adair80
Chickasaw80
Kossuth70
Emmet70
Lucas60
Montgomery60
Union60
Adams50
Ringgold40
Fremont40
Pocahontas40
Mitchell40
Palo Alto30
Worth30
Unassigned30
Calhoun20
Wayne10
Decatur00
Rochester
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Mason City
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Albert Lea
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 75°
Austin
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 83°
Charles City
Few Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Storms a brewin'
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Can you catch Covid-19 from mosquitos?

Image

125 Live Restaurant partnership

Image

Taps in City Park

Image

100 Most traveled days in MN have begun

Image

Parade in the park

Image

Field of Flags

Image

Pausing the pandemic to remember the fallen

Image

Memorial Day Dinner

Image

Salvation Army Dental Care Needs PPE

Image

Sara's Midday Forecast - Monday

Community Events