Coon Rapids Man Missing in St. Croix River Presumed Dead

Updated: 05/27/2014 8:16 PM
Created: 05/26/2014 5:20 PM
By: Cassie Hart

A 21-year-old Coon Rapids man who went missing in the St. Croix River on Sunday in Taylors Falls is presumed dead.

Crews searched the river after Tou Hu Vang went into the water to rescue his 11-year-old nephew who fell into the river around 5 p.m. Sunday.

"I didn’t know it was slippery," nephew Calvin Yang said. "I stepped on the rock and slipped and fell into the river. My uncle jumped in after me and tried to save me."

According to Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan, a Good Samaritan identified as Kenphenyeehu Hawj also jumped into the water off a 30-foot cliff; he was able to rescue Calvin.

The river current is running fast, which is making search conditions difficult for crews, Duncan said. The water patrol spent Sunday night and most of the day Monday dragging the river and haven't found him.

Duncan said they think he either got caught in an underwater cavern or maybe by a log. "I know our boats are having a hard time and snagging everything on the bottom of the river," he added.

The search was called off for the day around 5 p.m. Monday due to concerns about the weather. Crews are expected to resume searching Tuesday morning.

Tou Hu Vang was set to be married in August, according to family.

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