LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WCCO) — Search crews will be back Sunday on the Chippewa River, near Lake Hallie, Wis., to look for two Minnesota men who went missing after two boats collided.

In all, two were killed, two are missing, three were sent to the hospital, and one was arrested.

The missing have been identified as 25-year-old Luke Pohl and 28-year-old Matthew Simonson. Both are from Minnesota.

The two others, 27-year-old Matthew Overhauser, of Minnesota, and 50-yr-old Mark Michels, of Eau Claire, Wis., were killed.

“Search crews are working hard. We’ll be here until we find their loved ones,” said Robert Borseth, the deputy chief of the Chippewa Fire Dept.

Borseth said around 9:45 p.m. Friday a Princecraft boat, which is similar to a pontoon, was carrying six members of a wedding party and crashed into a smaller boat carrying a man and woman.

The impact sent the smaller speed boat into shore. The driver, Mark Michels was killed. The passenger, Carol Oller, was taken to the hospital.

Five people on the Princecraft were thrown into the water. Leo Pohl, Greg Voight, and Robert Romanshek made it ashore. Romanshek was later arrested after taking a breathalyzer test. Search crews found that boat a half mile down river, and Overhauser was found dead in it.

Chippewa County Undersheriff Eugene Gutsch said the group on the Princecraft were preparing to celebrate a wedding set to take place Saturday.

“It’s very difficult for everyone involved. The family is doing as best they can,” Borseth said.

Authorities are still investigating how the crash happened. No one was wearing life jackets.

Comments (8)
  1. Jay says:

    Local news has update some info. They are now saying two people are missing, 3 injured, one arrested. The previous information of four missing was wrong. To the family(ies) from Maple Grove,Mn we extend our sincere sympathy for your loss, and sincere hopes the injured recover from this very tragic accident. Our community is in shock and upset that what was supposed to be the happiest day in their life, turned into a nightmare.. News has not released any information as to how many were from Mn. Our local news also has a comment section also,, where it is posted by one person, that family members are at the scene and are participating in the search in boats. Prayers and tohught to all involved.

  2. Jay says:

    For up to date info check out both of Eau Claire local tv stations. They now are reporting the groom is from Maple Grove, and is hospitalized. No condition reported. No names have been released.. Both stations have a little different or more info info provided.

  3. Amy says:

    Can you tell me the name of the local tv stations in Eau Claire.

  4. susie says:

    WEAU is our NBC station in Eau Claire.

  5. Jay says:

    Names have been released. Leo Pohl was injured/treated and released. It was earlier reported he was the groom and is from Maple Grove. Luke Pohl 25, is missing. Greg Voight MN hospitalized. Matthew Simonson 28, no city referenced is missing. Deceased driver of Prince Craft boat is Matthew Overhauser 27 no city referenced. WQOW also carries information, as does the nespaper in Chippewa Falls. Each site provides a tidbit of different information.
    The family and friends of ALL injured, missing and deceased continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jay says:

    Searchers have found both men missing. Hopefully the families can find clossure to this horrific accident as they bring their children home to rest. My condolences to the family. We are very sorry for your loss.