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Teens Goes Missing in Mississippi River at Lions Levee Park

Updated: 05/25/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 05/25/2014 6:04 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Emergency crews and divers were searching the Mississippi River Sunday in St. Paul Park for a teenage boy.

A 14-year-old boy went into the Mississippi River at Lions Levee Park, went under the water and never resurfaced, according to St. Paul Park Police.

Police say the boy was on an island at the park with some friends, and went into the water to possibly cool off. He didn't come back out.

A call to report the missing boy came in around 5:15. An officer who was already at the park called out to a man fishing nearby.

"He asked me to help. We walked up along the shoreline looking to see if he might have floated up to the top or if he went and grabbed onto something. We couldn't find nothing," Nicholas Rosen said.

A state patrol helicopter arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m., and made several passes over the river.

Police Chief Michael Monahan says the incident is a tragedy for all involved.

Water levels are running fast, according to officials.

Crews wrapped up the search for the night around 9 p.m. and they are expected to resume efforts Monday.

Photo: KSTP/ Tim Sherno

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