Authorities search for man who went missing in Des Moines River
DES MOINES (WHO) -
The search and rescue efforts by authorities continue for a man missing in the Des Moines River.
Webster County officials say a 23-year-old man was last seen in the river near Lehigh just before 6 a.m. Sunday. Since that point, more than a dozen agencies have searched for him without any luck.
Officials say several witnesses saw the man struggling to swim under the bridge. Once he went under water, he never resurfaced.
"There are some rough rocks and timber underneath the bridge area," said Webster County Chief Deputy Rod Strait. "There is some debris, there are some deep holes and the statistics will tell the dive team the subject may still be in the area where he was last seen."
Crews are searching along the banks of the river as well as using aircraft, sonar and canine units. They are mainly keeping the search above water for now because the river levels are too dangerous.
"Currently, the river is very high and moving very quickly," said Strait. "I think the last information I have is four knots on the river so the dive team can't dive down after three knots.
The man's name is not being released at this time.
Officials say this is still considered a search and rescue.