Update: The Hartford Fire Department announced at the there were no new developments in the search at a midday news conference Sunday.
NEAR HARTFORD, IL (KTVI)-A towboat crew using a life ring pulled a ten year old boy to safety Saturday afternoon after the boat he was in capsized on the Mississippi River. It happened about 1:30pm near Hartford.
Two male relatives who were fishing with the boy remained missing at dusk. That’s when rescue workers had to suspend their search for safety reasons.
The Hartford Fire Department is directing the rescue effort. Assistant Chief Bill Owens said crews will resume the water and land search Sunday morning. The Illinois Conservation Department will provide two sonar boats to assist.
Owens described the river section where the accident happened as treacherous due to the curve in the river and the nearby confluence with the Missouri River. He added windy conditions could have played a role in the boat turning over. Rescue workers on the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon encountered waves as high as five feet.
The child was wearing a life jacket. Workers on a tugboat tied to a docked barge at Valero Energy spotted him not far from shore. They were able to throw a life ring to him and pull him in. Owen praised them for “doing a very good job.”
The boy was described as speaking and alert at the time of the rescue. He was given dry clothes and wrapped in blankets before rescue workers arrived to take him to a hospital.
Authorities are not ready to identify the missing men. They hope they managed to reach the shore and can be located and brought to safety Sunday.
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