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Man drowns in the Mississippi River Saturday

Man drowns in the Mississippi River Saturday
By: CJ Cassidy

PEMISCOT COUNTY, Mo. -- A tragic end for a Hayti man authorities say disappeared into the Mississippi River, Saturday night.

It happened near Caruthersville, Missouri at the Boat Club Chute area. Search crews and divers found 24-year-old Brian Hann's body more than 17 hours after witnesses tell police he jumped in the river to go swimming.

"He was out here at the river, fishing and boating with friends and family, and the family called for help immediately, but unfortunately he couldn't swim," Lt. Ryan Holder with the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department says.

David Nelson with the Missouri Water Patrol says divers brought sonar equipment, after spending most of the day dragging the area Hann disappeared in, and that helped locate the body. The entire area was closed down to the public while crews carried out their search.

Authorities call this the first drowning death in the Missouri Bootheel, and hope others consider the dangers getting out on the water can pose, as we look ahead to Memorial Day, when most people get out on the waterways in a big way.

"Just wear a life jacket. It could save your life," Nelson says.

 

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