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UPDATE: Name released in Winneshiek Official's recovery effort for missing man

UPDATE: DECORAH, Iowa (KWWL) - Crews are continuing to search for the body of a man believed to have drowned at a dam on the Upper Iowa River east of Decorah.

Authorities identified the man as 29-year-old Eric Langland, of Decorah.

Winneshiek County Sheriff's officials say Langland was last seen struggling in the water Saturday night. A friend then saw him pulled under by the water coming over the dam.

Decorah Fire Chief Mike Ashbacher says he considers the area unsafe, calling the current that comes off the dam unpredictable.

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Recovery efforts are underway on the Upper Iowa River at the Upper Dam in Decorah.

Authorities in Winneshiek County are searching for the body of a man that went under Saturday night.

Rescue crews are waiting for sonar equipment so that they can continue the search for the 29-year-old man. He was last seen struggling in the water around 9 p.m. Saturday. He and a friend were swimming, a popular activity at the spot. The friend saw him pulled under by the water coming over the dam. He then called 911.

Rescuers worked until 11 p.m. Saturday night, and resumed efforts Sunday around 6 a.m. They say they have been impeded by the strong current & lack of boat launches with access to the spot.

The current also makes the area dangerous for rescuers, and limits their operations in the water.

The name of the victim has not been released, but authorities said they plan to release it Monday morning. This follows drownings on the Iowa River near Iowa City and the Cedar River near Cedar Falls last week in which two men drowned.

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