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UPDATE: Divers find body of missing crew member

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DRESBACH, Minnesota (WXOW) - Divers find the body of the missing crew member inside the tugboat that tipped over after going through Lock and Dam No. 7 Wednesday morning according to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand.

He says divers found the body of the 22-year-old man on the second deck of the boat where he was last seen prior to the boat going over the dam around 6:15 a.m.

The man's name has not been released by the Sheriff's Department. The only details of the victim is that he's married and resides in the area. Mark Binsfeld of Brennan Marine, who owns the Megan McB, told WXOW earlier Wednesday that the three men on the boat were from the La Crosse and Lansing, Iowa area.

Two other crew members on the Megan McB were injured but were able to get off the vessel. They were taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse for treatment.

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DRESBACH, Minnesota (WXOW) - UPDATE: Rescue crews continue to look for a missing 22-year-old tugboat crew member following an accident at Lock and Dam Number 7 Wednesday morning.

According to Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand, the missing man is identified as a 22-year-old married man from Wisconsin. Brennan Marine confirms to WXOW that the boat, the M/V Megan McB, belongs to their company. Mark Binsfeld of Brennan said that the three men are from the La Crosse and Lansing, Iowa area. He did not give specifics on what their jobs were on the boat.

Brand said Wednesday morning at 6:15 a.m., the tugboat lost power, made a 60 degree turn, dropped over the roller gate on the dam, then tipped on its side. Sheriff Brand said it is the same gate where a houseboat went over in May before sinking south of the dam.

Three people on the tugboat went into the water in the accident. Brand said all three were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident. Two of the people, who Brand said were on the top deck of the tug, were able to get to safety. The pair suffered only minor injuries according to Ron Ganrude of the Sheriff's Department. The men were taken to Gundersen Health System for treatment.

The third person, the one who is missing, was in the middle deck of the tug according to Brand.

Brand said the search is focusing on the boat. According to our crew at the scene, searchers are six people are on the tug looking in the windows to see if the missing man is trapped inside. They are also using a robot to see inside the vessel.

Brand said they are waiting for three divers and a backup diver who will enter the tug as part of the search. Before that happens, Brand said Brennan has to stabilize the vessel before the divers can enter.

Several boats from area agencies are assisting in the search including La Crescent, Town of Campbell, and La Crosse. The Mayo One helicopter also flew over the river area as part of the search.

As the search continues, the river above and below the lock and dam is closed for four miles downstream and six miles upstream according to Brand.

The Coast Guard is sending an investigator to look into the incident.

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DRESBACH, Minnesota (WXOW) - Several rescue boats are in the water searching for a missing tugboat crew member following an accident at Lock and Dam Number 7 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Ron Ganrude of the Winona County Sheriff's Department, the rescue call came in around 6 a.m.

Ganrude says its possible the tugboat lost power, then went over the dam.  The boat is currently on its side in the water below the dam. 

Three people on the tugboat went into the water in the accident.  Two of the people were able to get to safety.  The pair suffered only minor injuries according to Ganrude.

One of the rescue boats is at the tug.  According to our crew at the scene, six people are on the tug looking in the windows of the tug to see if the missing man is trapped inside. At least eight rescue boats are in the waters around the lock and shoreline searching for the remaining man.

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DRESBACH, Minnesota (WXOW) - Drive and Rescue Crews are at Lock and Dam Number 7, near Dresbach, searching the river for a missing boater.

Details are still coming in. According to officials on scene, the boat went over the dam. There were three people who went into the water. At the moment, two of those people are out of the water, their conditions are unknown at this time.

According to Incident Command, a third person who went into the water is unaccounted for. 

Stay tuned for continuous updates to this developing story.

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