Wis. man's family, friends support river searchers
- Associated Press
- January 13, 2014 - 11:45 AM
WINONA, Minn. — Family and friends of a La Crosse, Wis., man who's presumed drowned have spent the past week on the banks of the Mississippi River as a volunteer search crew works to recover his body.
Andrew Kingsbury, 29, is believed to have been in an SUV that crashed through a guard rail, down an embankment and into the river on Jan. 5. The bodies of three others who were in an SUV have been recovered.
"It's heart-wrenching," said Andrew Kingsbury's brother, Chad Kingsbury. "It went just from just trying to see if he was still around and locate where he was at, to this recovery effort."
Kingsbury had been among those watching and supporting the searchers' efforts. In appreciation, he's made sure the volunteer workers are fed.
"You know the goal is still the same," Kingsbury said. "Find him, bring him home, and without these volunteers we don't have a chance of that."
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand tells WXOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1aWft77 ) the search is all about persistence.
"For one thing, the water, you can only see four to 10 feet underneath," Brand said.
Teams have used cameras, sonar, cadaver dogs and boats in their search, which continued Monday.
"He could be hidden behind a rock or a crevice there that we couldn't see," the sheriff said.
The bodies of Blake Overland, 28, and Mathew Erickson, 30, and Christina Hauser, 36, already have been recovered.
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