Rescue crews continue search for missing Kaskaskia River swimmer - KMOV.com

Rescue crews continue search for missing Kaskaskia River swimmer

While you were sleeping rescue crews called off the search for a missing person on the Kaskaskia River. 

That's in Washington County near Okawville in Southern Illinois.  We first told you about this search Sunday night on News-4 at 10 o'clock.

According to the Addieville fire chief who is leading this rescue mission, crews called off the search around 2 a.m. after searching the river for more than six hours. 

The chief will reassemble a team early this morning to get back on the water.

Several rescue crews in a number of boats fanned out across the Kaskaskia River to search for the missing man around 8 p.m. Sunday.  They used spotlights and sonar to help find him.  The fire chief says people reported seeing the man swimming then say he disappeared and never resurfaced.  Addieville called in seven different agencies, including a dive team, conservation officers and the Army Corp of Engineers to help in the search. 

The fire chief is still calling this a rescue mission, but he says he's hoping to talk to the man's family and friends about those efforts.  Crews will stick to the same search location.

Authorities are not yet releasing the man's name or even how old he is.

Check back to KMOV.com for updates.

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