Crews searching the Mississippi River for a boater who went missing on Monday, believe they have found the man's body.
Police and witnesses say the man went missing after a Monday evening boating accident on the Mississippi River just south of Lock and Dam 11.
Witness Josh Hickey said he and his girlfriend were on a bike ride through A.Y. McDonald Park in Dubuque, when they saw a speedboat heading north on the river toward the lock and dam at a high speed.
"He was going to try and turn and he had a sharp turn and the boat went up like this and he tipped over," Hickey said, tilting is hands sideways. "Then the boat was going circles and circles, all the way around, and he was saying, 'help' and 'help,' and, you know, I called the police."
Hickey said the man remained above water for several minutes, calling for help. Hickey called the police. He said the man went under water about 10 minutes after the accident.
The boat continued to turn, unmanned but with its motor still running, in circles as it drifted down the river. Officials responded in boats to guard the area surrounding the boat and ensure nobody got near the uncontrolled watercraft. Click to see video here, taken around 7:45 p.m. just north of the Julien Dubuque bridge: www.twitvid.com/QNVIA
The boat managed to pass under three bridges without hitting any of them. Officials got a hold of the boat around 8 p.m. Monday night. The passenger was still missing Monday evening. The Iowa DNR is investigating the incident and suspended the search for the night after dark Monday.
Grant County Wisconsin Sheriff, Keith Govier, confirms that crews searching the river recovered a body from the Mississippi River about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, just north of the U.S. 151/61 bridge on the Iowa side of the river.
The body is believed to be that of the man who fell into the river Monday.
Govier tells KWWL that the Wisconsin DNR has taken over the investigation because the accident is believed to have happened on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River.
Stay tuned to KWWL for updates as they become available.
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