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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -
Rescue crews have found the body of a man they say fell off his inner tube in the Cedar River on Sunday and never resurfaced.
The body of 19-year-old Andre Tims was found Wednesday morning, about three miles downstream from where he was last seen going into the water on Sunday evening, according to Chief Deputy Rick Abben of the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office.
Tims was with friends tubing and kayaking down the river when he went under.
"From what we're being told, he'd come around the bend," said Abben. "The current there was moving very swiftly and he got caught up in some brush and his inner tube that he was on flipped."
Dozens of family and friends gathered at Black Hawk Park on Monday hoping for the best, even searching themselves.
"I found out last night about eight, nine o'clock; some of my friends just crying saying that he is gone," said Bryce Smith. "Andre, he is just a really outgoing person. Everybody, he will make them smile, laugh. He's touched everybody he's ever met, I can guarantee that."
Friends say a benefit account for Tims' family has been set up at Veridian Credit Union under the name "Andre Tims Benefit." The money, they say, will go to his family.
Friends say Tims didn't know how to swim. According to Abben, bystanders acted quickly and tried to help save him.
"A couple other people that (were) on the sand bar across from where they were at saw him flaying in the water," Abben said. "They got in a boat and went over to assist him, but he went down and they couldn't find him."
Rescue crews spent Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday searching for Tims. Three sonar-equipped boats were brought in from Saylorville, Dubuque and Marquette to assist in the search.
The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by Black Hawk County Conservation, Cedar Falls Fire and Police, Waterloo Fire and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Sartori Paramedics.
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