Body of missing boater recovered in Winona

Disappeared Friday night. Found Saturday night.

Posted: Jul 13, 2019 10:21 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2019 10:50 AM

WINONA, Minn. – The body of a missing boater has been recovered.

Winona County Emergency Management is confirming the body of a 63-year-old Winona man was found Saturday evening after a search which lasted more than a day. A report of a boat in distress on the Mississippi River came in 7:30 pm Friday and crews arrived on the scene to learn one boater had already been rescued but another could not be found.

A search began around 7:30 pm Friday and continued until 10:30 pm, then resumed Saturday morning around 6 am. Wisconsin TV station WKBT says Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude reported the body of the missing boater was located around 8 pm.

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WINONA, Minn. – A search has resumed for a man who went missing in the Mississippi River.

The Winona County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call just before 7:30 pm Friday about a boat in distress at the Prairie Island Spillway. Multiple public safety agencies responded and arrived at the scene to find one person had been rescued by a passing boat but a 63-year-old Winona man was still missing.

A search was conducted until 10:30 pm Friday and it resumed at 6 am Saturday. Searchers include the Sheriff’s Office, Winona County Dive Rescue, Minnesota DNR, Federal Fish and Wildlife, Goodview Fire Department, Pickwick Fire Department, Bruce’s Legacy, Minnesota-Wisconsin K9 Search and Rescue, and Winona County Emergency Management.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Prairie Island Boat Landing has been closed while the search is underway and people are being asked to stay away from the area to allow searchers to work.

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