Iowa authorities searching for missing boater on Mississippi River

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MCGREGOR, Iowa (KCRG) -- Crews from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin are searching for a man the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says was boating by himself on the Mississippi River on Saturday.

The Cassville Fire Department was called to the main channel of the Mississippi River, just north of the Cassville Ferry Landing, for a report of a boat spinning in circles.

Firefighters were able to ram the boat and pull the safety lanyard to stop the engine. The empty boat came to rest on the shore just north of Cassville.

Later on in the day they received word that a 56-year-old Burlington, Wisconsin man, who was believed to be boating by himself, had gone missing. Investigators believe he fell out of the boat and was not wearing a life jacket.

Crews searched on Saturday and Sunday, but the search was called off.

The search has continued this week with the help of the Iowa DNR, Wisconsin DNR, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Coast Guard, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Wisconsin State Patrol, Guttenberg Fire Department, Guttenberg Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Glen Haven Fire Department, and the Cassville Fire Department.

Christian Aid Services of Illinois have brought a command trailer, rescue boats with SONAR equipment and underwater surveillance tools to aid in the search.