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Boat Capsizes in Menominee River, One Still Missing

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04/30/2019- The search continues for one of two boaters tossed into the Menominee River yesterday morning after their boat capsized. Marinette County Dispatch received the call just before 10:30 and Marinette City Fire Department arrived on-scene minutes later and observed one person in the water near the Interstate Bridge. Emergency rescue personnel launched a boat and pulled a 21-year-old male from the river and transported him to the hospital. The victim indicated another person, a male in his late-50s, had also been in the boat, however, he has not yet been located. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve says, due to the amount of time that’s passed since the accident and the dangerous water conditions, the search has become a recovery effort.
It’s walleye season on the Menominee River and Sauve is reminding anglers to be mindful and cautious as they head out on the water. He’s also asking them to be on the lookout for anything that may help in the search for the missing boater.
The boaters are believed to be from Iron River, Michigan and it’s not yet known what caused their boat to capsize. Also assisting in the search and recovery effort are the Marinette Police Department, Menominee Fire Department, Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora BayArea Medical Paramedics, the Emergency Rescue Squad, the Wisconsin DNR, the Coast Guard, and Marinette County Emergency Management.

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