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NEW INFORMATION: Missing boater recovered from Mississippi River

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NEW INFORMATION: The body of the missing boater from an accident near Brownsville on Saturday evening has been recovered.

Emergency services responded to a call regarding a boat accident at Wildcat Landing at 6:17 pm on Saturday. Seven individuals were involved in that crash.  Diana Klankowski, 56, of Spring Grove, Minnesota was pronounced dead on Saturday night, and Kevin Hanson, 47, of Mabel, Minnesota was reported missing. Gerald Ladsten, 57, of Spring Grove, Minnesota, Robert Klankowski, 52, of Spring Grove, Minnesota, Tracy Peterson, 40, of Spring Grove Minnesota, and another unnamed adult female and male sustained injuries and are being treated at area hospitals.

Crews searched for Hanson until 1:00 am on Sunday morning, and resumed their search at 8:00 am. Crews used sonar and rove technology during the search. According to the Vernon County Sheriff's Department, at 4:30 p.m., crews recovered Hanson's body.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Madison for Hanson.

Reports from the investigation said that although there were life jackets on the boat, they weren't in use at the time of the crash by any of the people in the boat. Initial investigation shows the crash occurred because of high speeds and a lack of familiarity with the boat.

Vernon County will continue investigating the accident.


UPDATE: Searchers are back on the water near Brownsville Sunday morning as they continue to look for a missing boater. 

One person is still unaccounted for in a boating crash Saturday evening that killed one person and injured five others. 

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office said crews have returned to the Mississippi River near Wildcat Park in Brownsville where a power boat collided with a concrete pylon and partially sank.

A number of agencies were on the scene for much of Saturday evening looking for the person before suspending the search due to darkness.

We'll continue to update this story as more becomes available.


The Houston County Sheriff's Office said one person is dead and a search is on for another person following a boat crash on the Mississippi River near Brownsville Saturday evening. 

The call came in around 6:20 p.m. on the river across from Wildcat Park and Landing.

Witness Jim Mauer told WXOW that he saw a power boat collide with a concrete pylon marking the river channel.

He said that he jumped in a nearby boat and was able to pull three of the people from the water. All were injured.

Others at the park also jumped into boats and assisted with pulling people from the water before emergency crews arrived. 

Houston County Chief Deputy Travis Lapham said that seven people were on the boat when it crashed. Five were transported to La Crosse hospitals for treatment. 

Several boats from different agencies including the La Crosse County Dive Unit, Brownsville, La Crescent, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all had boats in the water searching for the missing person. The search was ended around 9:45 p.m. due to darkness. 

No identities of the people involved, or their conditions, were released by authorities.  

Although Houston County and other Minnesota agencies were on the scene, the location of the crash itself is in Vernon County. According to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, they will be assisting that county with the investigation into the crash. 


Several people are seriously injured after a boating accident near Brownsville Saturday night.

The call came in around 6:20 p.m. for a boat collision with a cement pylon. Multiple agencies have put boats in the water and continue to search for a male missing in the water.

The boat that allegedly struck the pylon capsized. Tri-State Ambulance dispatched multiple ambulances to assist at the scene. No word on the number of people involved or the extent of their injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 19 for updates.

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