NEW INFORMATION: Man's name released in tugboat accident

By: Sarah Moon, AP Email
By: Sarah Moon, AP Email
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DRESBACH, Minn. (WEAU) --- We now know the name of 22-year-old Wisconsin man, whose body was recovered after the tugboat he was in went over a dam on the Mississippi River.

The Winona County Sheriff’s Office said he’s 22-year-old Tyler Trussoni of Genoa.

Winona County Sheriff David Brand said a 911 call came in around 6:15 Wednesday morning about a tugboat that went through a rollergate at Lock and Dam Number 7 in Dresbach, Minnesota.

“The three people inside, three males, two of them got out, they all had lifejackets on,” said Brand

All three men worked for Brennan Marine in La Crosse.

The two who were rescued were taken to a La Crosse hospital, and are believed to be ok.

Brand said the tugboat went over the dam because it lost power.

The tugboat was flipped onto its side and was full of water, which meant it was too risky for divers to go in, so La Crosse County sent a robot in.

“Unable to locate anyone in there. Finally, when we were able to the dive team in one, diver did go in and found the deceased,” said Brand.

Brand said the third man, 22-year-old Tyler Trussoni of Genoa was found around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon on the second floor from the bottom of the tugboat, which had four floors.

Several agencies helped with the search including, the dive and rescue teams from La Crosse and Winona Counties.

“Everyone did a great job, and we did the best we could as quickly as we could with the manpower that we had,” said Brand.

The investigation still continues.


UPDATE: Investigators say a 22-year-old man's body was found in the tugboat around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The man's name has not been released, but the Winona County Sheriff is expected to release his name later today. Watch for an update tonight on WEAU 13 News at 5.

DRESBACH, Minn. (WEAU)--The Winona County Sheriff says a man missing after a tugboat went over the roller gates near the Dresbach dam, is a 22-year-old from Wisconsin, but did not release his name.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff said two other men were rescued from the boat and all three were wearing life jackets.

The Sheriff says the tugboat is still in the water and it is too dangerous for crews to go inside it, so they are using a robot to look inside. The Sheriff says he believes the man may still be inside.

The Sheriff says the boat lost power, but didn't specify if that happened before or after the crash.

The Mississippi River is closed four miles downstream from the scene and two miles upstream while crews investigate.

We have a crew at the scene and will have more information on WEAU 13 News at 5, 6, and Ten.

Statement from Brennan Marine:

Brennan Marine Inc. confirms that the M/V Megan McB foundered shortly after 0600 this morning above Lock and Dam No. 7 near Dresbach, MN. High water and increased current speeds swept the vessel through the roller gates on the dam, destabilizing the vessel, and causing it to take on water. Two of the three crew members were rescued. Search and rescue operations are in progress to locate the third crewman and an investigation of the incident is currently underway.
DRESBACH, Minn. (AP) -- One person is missing after a tugboat went over the roller gates near the Dresbach dam in eastern Minnesota.

The Post-Bulletin reports three people were aboard and two made it to safety. They were being treated for minor injuries.

The Winona County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday that a tugboat had gone through the roller gates at Lock and Dam No. 7.

Winona County Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude says they are still trying to determine what happened that put them in that situation.

The dam is the same place where 11 people were rescued after a rented houseboat was swept over the roller gates and capsized May 27.

In 2007, four drowned at the dam when their boat was sucked back into the dam.
DRESBACH, Minn. (AP) -- One person is missing after a tugboat went over the rollers of the Dresbach dam in eastern Minnesota.

La Crescent firefighter Cassie Buehler says three people were involved altogether but she doesn't know the condition of the other two people.

She says the Winona County sheriff's department is the main department overseeing the rescue operation. She says her department received a call at around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday asking for help. She had no other information.

No one was immediately available for comment Wednesday morning at the sheriff's department.

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