NEW INFORMATION: Crews find body of missing angler

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities have found the body of a man who fell from a canoe into the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Winona.

The Winona Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1ns3tCY ) that 88-year-old Robert Lester Duncanson, of Stockton, was found about 50 feet from where his canoe tipped. Crews used long poles with hooks to catch hold of him by his clothing.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says Duncanson was fishing alone near the Prairie Island spillway around 11 a.m. Friday when he got too close to the churning water.

A group of men saw him struggling but could not reach him before he went under. Jake Shelter, who tried to save him, says Duncanson was an avid angler who regularly fished the area and knew the backwaters well.

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Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

AP-WF-06-07-14 2220GMT
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Authorities have resumed the search for a man who fell from a canoe into the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Winona.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand identifies the victim as 88-year-old Robert Lester Duncanson, of Stockton.

According to reports, Brand says Duncanson was fishing alone near the Prairie Island spillway around 11 a.m. Friday when he got too close to the churning water, which caused the canoe to flip over and Duncanson to fall into the water.

Brand says no one witnessed the incident but a deputy saw the canoe in the water shortly afterward. The canoe and the man's life jacket and fishing gear were recovered.

Safety officials warn that many rivers and lakes are running high because of recent heavy rains.


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