Three Bodies Recovered in Mississippi River

Posted at: 01/06/2014 7:00 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Rescue crews in Winona are enduring the dangerously cold temperatures, to search for the body of a man, they believe, is still in the Mississippi River.

He was riding in an SUV along with three other people over the weekend, when they went off the road, and into the water. The other bodies were found yesterday, and this afternoon.

"This is not a rescue at the time, this is a recovery," said Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand.

With wind chills nearing fifty degrees below zero, the recovery mission to find the bodies of two men in the river, wasn't easy.

"We have to think of ourselves too. We can't have someone getting frostbitten and the wind, with as cold as it is, it's really tough to be out there," said Sheriff Brand.

In an effort to keep diving teams safe, Brand called in the help of Carver County, from near the twin cities, to search for the bodies of 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury of La Crosse, and 28-year-old Blake Overland, of Stewartville.

Carver County brought down underwater robotics devices, as well as sonar equipement, to help in the search, so that divers wouldn't have to go into the water unless a body was found.

"Everybody is dressed really well and we have vehicles here, our command trailer that they can go in and keep warm."

This isn't the first time cars have gone into the Mississippi. Back in March of 1997, four St. Mary's University students and graduates were killed when their vehicle went through the ice, in the exact same location.

Crews wrapped up their search shortly before 6 p.m.  Sheriff Brand tells us they will meet tonight to decide plans for tomorrow.