UPDATE: Body of missing Altoona boater found

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The body of 45-year-old Kyle Anderson was recovered from the Chippewa River on Thursday evening.

According to a release from Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, someone driving on the Seymour Cray Bridge around 5:30 p.m. spotted what he believed to be a body and called the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.

The body was pulled from the river and positively identified as Kyle Anderson. The Chippewa County Corner's Office has scheduled an autopsy for Friday morning to determine a cause of death.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department wishes to extend their sympathy to Anderson’s family and friends.


Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the search began at 9a.m. for 45-year-old Kyle Anderson of Altoona.

Kowalczyk says a K-9 from Barron County is currently searching the area around the Wissota Dam.

The department says two boats and a sonar expert are also out searching on the water.

Anderson was seen swimming from his boat just below Wissota Dam by people on the south shore yelling for help.

The department plans to search until the gates are closed at noon. There is no word on whether they'll try and continue searching later in the day.


CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) --The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says crews have called off the search for a missing boater for the day.

Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk says the search began at 8a.m. for 45-year-old Kyle Anderson of Altoona.

Anderson was seen swimming from his boat just below Wissota Dam by people on the south shore yelling for help.

The NSP shut the gates to the dam and lowered the water level by about a foot and a half, Tuesday.

The department used boats and drones to search for Anderson.

The sheriff’s office says they’re in contact with a K9 search group and are considering using them when they resume searching on Wednesday.


CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is identifying the man last seen Sunday afternoon in the Chippewa River.

The sheriff's office said the missing man is 45-year-old Kyle Anderson of Altoona.

Anderson was seen swimming from his boat just below the Lake Wissota Dam by people on the south shore. They said he was yelling for assistance.

The sheriff's office said all rescue/recovery efforts Monday were unsuccessful and recovery efforts will resume Tuesday morning.



CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Chippewa County Sheriff says the search continues for a 45-year-old Altoona man whose boat capsized on the Chippewa River.

Sheriff Jim Kowalcyzk says a number of people are searching by boat for the man along with a drone and divers.

Kowalcyzk says some people fishing along the shore south of the Lake Wissota Dam called in a report Sunday after 1p.m. of a man in the water.

“They observed a vehicle that looked to have either capsized or there was water in it and it was floating but it just didn't look as a boat should that was on the water. They then noticed a gentleman that was attempting to swim, yelling for help, attempting to get to the shoreline where they were.,” said Kowalcyzk.

Kowalczyk says the man and his girlfriend launched the boat on Sunday but she decided not to go fishing and was expecting a call from him later that day but he never did.

She then called the sheriff's department.


CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) --

The search for a missing man whose boat capsized on the Chippewa River resumed Monday morning.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk told WEAU 13 News, that a number of boats were in the area searching, along with a drone and divers, Monday morning.

According to the Chippewa Falls Fire Department, a call came in around 1:40 p.m. Sunday about a boat that capsized near the Wissota Hydro Dam and the male in the boat was unable to make it to shore.

The dam was shut off to allow divers to safely search.



 
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