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Missing Swimmers Bodies Recovered

After an unsuccessful search yesterday, the search for the missing swimmers began again this morning and all three bodies were located in the search area, which included both the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers.

The families of the missing swimmers were made aware of the recovery.

The Southern MN Regional Medical Examiner’s office has responded to the scene and will be releasing names of those located.

The three people were last seen Monday morning in the river during a family gathering on the north side of Diamond Island on the Vermillion River.

Goodhue County Dispatch received a 911 call Monday at 7:35 am with a possible male party in the water.

One family member was fishing from shore while three others were swimming in the river. All three of the swimmers started struggling in the water and the male fishing on shore entered the water to help the struggling swimmers. All three of the subjects went under the water at this point and 10-15 minutes passed before the 911 call was made.

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol was on the water and responded within 10 minutes. Also responding was the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, WI DNR, and Red Wing Fire Department. The responding agencies searched for three hours until dark and inclement weather shut down the search.

The three missing subjects were inexperienced swimmers and did not have life vests on. The area they were swimming in was 3 feet, but dropped sharply to a depth of 8-9 feet.

Search activities started up again at 8:00 am on Tuesday with GCSO Water Patrol and Dive Team being assisted by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Wildlife Fish and Game, MN DNR, Northstar Search and Rescue, and Red Wing Fire Department.

The search was conducted in both the Vermillion and Mississippi Rivers with parties in the water and from boats using sonar and other electronic devices.

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