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Hastings Police Searching For Body In Vermillion River

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HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities are searching for a body in the Vermillion River in Hastings Thursday night after a receiving a report of a missing person.

Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said a witness at the scene called 911 at about 5:15 p.m.  after seeing a person go into the Vermillion River and get swept away by the current.

A body was later spotted near Vermillion Falls, but authorities haven’t been able to recover it. Schnell said it is no longer a rescue mission but rather a recovery effort. Authorities said the Minnesota State Patrol is providing assistance in the recovery with its helicopter.

Hastings Police said the incident is still under investigation as recovery efforts continue.

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