Crews Continue Search of St. Croix River for Missing Man

Updated: 05/28/2014 3:44 PM
Created: 05/28/2014 1:27 PM
By: Scott Theisen

Crews were back on the St. Croix River in Taylors Falls for a fourth day of searching for a Coon Rapids man.

Twenty-one-year-old Tou Hu Vang was swept away Sunday after he jumped in to save his nephew who had fallen into the water. The two were fishing at the time.

Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said they had three boats on the river Wednesday. The water is still running very high and very fast. At this time, there are no plans to call off the search until Vang's body is found.

The swift current slowed the search Tuesday. Duncan said it wasn't safe to drag the river, so crews were limited to scanning banks and the river's surface.

A good Samaritan, who witnessed the 11-year-old go in, jumped off a 30-foot cliff into the river and was able to rescue the boy.

Ken Hawj, of St Paul, said he heard Vang yelling help before he risked his life jumping into the water.

Vang did not make it back to shore; he is presumed drowned.

Crews began searching for Vang Sunday evening.

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