One boater still missing, two safe after river collision

MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities resumed searching the Mississippi River on Wednesday for one man still missing after he and two companions fell into the water when their boat capsized Tuesday evening.

One of the three swam to shore shortly after the boat tipped just after 7 p.m. A second man called Minneapolis police between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. to report that he was safe, according to Lt. Brian Johnson of the Hennepin County water patrol.

The names of the men were not immediately released.

The 14-foot boat capsized when it was swept into barges moored in an industrial area in north Minneapolis. The men apparently lost control of their boat, although it was not clear why, Sheriff Pat McGowan said.

Officials estimated current at about 6 knots. Typically, it is considered too dangerous for divers unless the current is 1 knot or less, said Roseann Campagnoli, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.


"It's a real difficult area," Johnson said. "Between the fast current and the high water, it's going to be a pretty large search area."

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