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Boat Accident Leaves Son Remembering Father

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Tuesday was supposed to be a good day to fish.

It was a favor for a family friend, scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, who wanted to take his boat out.

Charles Slocum said sure.

Slocum, his wife, two friends, and his step son Austin Rejda went out to fish.

They ended up stuck on lock and dam 14.

After Tuesday's accident, Slocum remains still missing, and Rejda says he's preparing for the worst news.

"We went fishing a lot since I was little, and I moved away to Louisiana for about four years and I came back here and we just started fishing a lot when it got warmer," says Austin Rejda.

He says his father, Charles Slocum, loved many things, but his family and fishing were at the top of the list. One of the favorite spots was near home in Colona. A spot along the Hennepin Canal.

"He always took his daughters out to go fishing, the canal over here, I mean anything to do with his family he loved to do," says Rejda.

He hopes his dad will be found soon, but he's not holding out hope his dad will be found alive. The police warned him that wasn't likely.

"they said they were going to do everything they can, but they probably won't find hi," says Rejda.

He's left holding tight to fond memories of his dad.

"He's a very nice guy, loving, loved us."

He's not sure how the family will explain the story to his father's two young daughters. He just knows he's going to miss two very special parts of growing up with his dad.

"Fishing, and he was always there for me," says Rejda.

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