UPDATE: Search continues on Missouri River for missing fisherman
UPDATE: Crews are still out on the Missouri River at Ponca State Park on the Nebraska side Sunday looking for a man who fell off his boat Saturday morning. KSFY will continue to follow this story for you and will bring you the very latest. Officials haven't released any names or other information Sunday.
EARLIER STORY: Six search and rescue teams from Nebraska and South Dakota continue to search for a fisherman who fell overboard early Saturday morning.
The search is now suspended but it was taking place on the Missouri River at Ponca State Park on the Nebraska side.
The Dixon County Sheriff's Department first got a call about the boaters at 8:03 a.m. Saturday.
The sun is just about to set on the Missouri River and that means its crunch time for rescue crews. They've been out searching since about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and so far, they haven't found anything.
Here's what we know. Two people went out fishing on the Missouri River near Ponca State Park. When the boaters went to throw down their anchor, it caught a snag and they were both thrown overboard. One fisherman was able to hold onto the boat. He was rescued by crews Saturday morning and didn't need to go to the hospital. In fact, he stayed on the scene to help search and rescue crews pinpoint exactly where the boat went down.
Rescue teams across the area have come together to help with this search. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks had at least six boats on the water with sonar equipment for the search.
Rescue workers from Cedar and Dixon counties and the City of Ponca and New Castle helped with the search in boats and on the shoreline. A dive team from Yankton County and a search dog from Brookings were also on boats helping with the search.
But the search team says even with all the help, its still a major task.
"There's currently a lot of snags due to last year's flood. A lot of logs and trees and everything underneath the snags so our sonar isn't able to get a clear picture. And just the vast Missouri River," Nebraska Game Fish and Parks Commission Jeff Jones said.
From some video we shot you can even see some of the logs sticking up in the water.
The Red Cross and family members are also on the scene Saturday. We're told both men come out to this area often and are both a big part of the Ponca community.
The search stopped around dusk Saturday night. Again, crews haven't found the man and officials say they will continue to search Sunday morning.
We'll continue to follow the story and give you updates when we have more information.
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