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Search suspended Sunday for missing Ponca area fisherman

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Search and rescue teams continue to look for a fisherman who fell off his boat early Saturday morning.

The search was called off Sunday night. It's taking place on the Missouri River at Ponca State Park on the Nebraska side. Crews will start the search effort again Monday morning. 

We were in the area Sunday night. We talked to some friends of the missing fisherman.

Search crews and dive teams were at it again early Sunday morning searching for a missing fisherman. Authorities say two men went out fishing on the Missouri River early Saturday morning but when they threw down their anchor, it caught a snag and both were thrown overboard.

One man was able to hold onto the boat. He was rescued by crews and is OK. Meanwhile, the search continues for the other man.

Officials haven't released much information so we don't know the name of the missing man or the other man who was rescued. But friends say the men are brothers.

"Steve and his brother just bought a boat a few months ago because he was enjoying fishing," Jim Anderson said.

Jim Anderson says Steve is that missing fisherman and it's someone he knows very well.

"Steve and I have known each other forever. Our kids are in school together. We coached baseball together, played golf almost every week and he's one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet," Anderson said.

And he just talked to him recently.

"Just last week when we were playing golf he was talking about how good the fishing had been and how much he was enjoying it," Anderson said.

Anderson says both men are a big part of the Ponca community and come out on the river often.

He just hopes crews find him.

"It's a real shock. I just don't know what to say," Anderson said.

The families have been out on the scene Saturday and Sunday. We of course will keep you posted on any new information we get.

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