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UPDATE: Colona Man Missing After River Rescue

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Notice two gates are higher than the others, raised during the search. Notice two gates are higher than the others, raised during the search.
UPDATE 9:12 p.m.

Crews were on standby for most of the to help with the recovery of a missing Colona man.

Officials called off the search and recovery around 8 p.m. on May 6th. Divers were sent out earlier this evening, searching for 44-year-old Charles Slocum. Officials say they did not find his body.

Slocum, his wife and son went out fishing with two friends this morning. After apparently anchoring the boat, the rope broke and the engine would not start. The boat, apparently flipping over, drifting them to lock and dam 14 and through roller 5. Slocum remains missing.

Update 4:30 p.m.
Two rollers on the dam were raised Tuesday afternoon as part of the search. According to Steve Francisko with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the boat went through the roller and debris was recovered, but no body was found.

Three people were released from the hospital with bumps and bruises. One person is being held for observation. Francisko says the missing person was wearing a youth size life jacket. The others were wearing appropriate life jackets. Also, the missing boater has been identified as Charles W. Slocum of Colona. His wife, Sally Jo and son along with two friends were on the boat. Christopher Feltz of Coal Valley is the owner of the boat. He remains in the hospital.

Update 1:45 p.m.- Authorities confirm that around 11:45, a family of five ran into trouble before Lock and Dam 14 and their boat capsized. Four people were rescued, were conscious and taken to local hospitals. One person is still missing. Crews from 12 agencies are currently searching the Mississippi River as well as the MedForce helicopter.


The LeClaire Police Department has confirmed they are assisting in a river rescue.

We have crews on the scene near Lock and Dam 14.

They say they observed one victim being pulled from the river and taken away by ambulance.

The Rock Island County Sheriff's Office and the Silvis Police Department have also been confirmed to be a part of the rescue.

According to KWQC Meteorologist Kevin Phelps, the water temperature was 53° and the air temp was 59° as of 11:00 a.m.

Stay tuned to KWQC-TV6 and kwqc.com for updates.
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