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. 


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.

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