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.