Winona County Sheriff's Office search

The Winona County Sheriff's Office conducts a search operations Saturday morning, July 13, 2019, at the Prairie Island spillway.

WINONA – Officials have recovered the body of a 63-year-old Winona man who fell into the Mississippi River while boating Friday evening.

The Winona County Sheriff's Office spearheaded a day-long, multi-agency search at the Prairie Island Spillway Saturday after the boater went missing.

The man’s body was recovered at about 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Winona County Emergency Management.

Winona County dispatch received a report shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday of a boat in distress at the Prairie Island Spillway. Multiple agencies responded to the area including Winona County Dive Rescue, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

By the time crews arrived, one of the people who fell from the boat had already been rescued by a passing boat. Crews searched for the other man until about 10:30 p.m. and resumed searching at 6 a.m. Saturday.

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WINONA – The Winona County Sheriff's Office is continuing a search operation at the Prairie Island Spillway this morning after a boater went missing the night before.

The office posted on its Facebook page shortly before 9:10 a.m. that a search was underway and that the boat landing was closed as a result. People are asked to avoid the area to give crews more room to work.

Winona County dispatch received a report shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday of a boat in distress at the Prairie Island Spillway. Multiple agencies responded to the area including Winona County Dive Rescue, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

By the time crews arrived, one occupant of the boat had already been rescued by a passing boat. A 63-year-old Winona man was still missing. Crews search until about 10:30 p.m. and resumed searching at 6 a.m. today.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.