Missing boater found in river near Brownsville, victims identified

2 people dead, 5 others injured in boat crash

Missing boater found in river near...

BROWNSVILLE, Minn. (WKBT) - A man who went missing after a boating crash Saturday evening on the Mississippi River near Brownsville, MN  has been found.

The Vernon Co. Sheriff's Dept. says search crews recovered the body of Kevin Lee Hanson, 47, of Mabel, MN around 4:27 p.m. Sunday.

The boating crash happened around 6:00 p.m Saturday in the town of Bergen in Vernon County, just south of Brownsville.

A 32-foot, 10 passenger boat was going south and struck a concrete navigation marker directly across from Wildcat Campground and boat landing.

There were seven people on the boat, including the driver.

The sheriff's department says Diana Lynn Klankowski, 56, of Spring Grove was transported to the shore by a private boat and pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m.

Gerald Wayne Ladsten, 57, also of Sping Grove was taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse by Tri-State Ambulance and later released.

A woman, whose name will be released at a later time, was taken to the nearest helicopter landing zone by Caledonia Ambulance and flown to Gundersen Health System by Med-Link Air.

Robert Alf Klankowski, 52, of Spring Grove was taken to Gundersen by Tri-State Ambulance.

Tracy Lynn Peterson, 40, of Spring Grove was taken to Gundersen Health System by Sparta Ambulance.

A man, whose name will also be released at a later time, was taken to Gundersen by Sparta Ambulance as well.

Rescue crews searched the river after the crash until 1:00 a.m. Sunday and the search resumed around 8:00 a.m. by a number of different agencies and volunteers.

Several boats were in the area at the time of the crash and responded to help the injured.

Here are the agencies that responded:

Houston Co. Sheriff's Dept., Brownsville Fire and Rescue, Caledonia Fire and Rescue, Minnesota DNR, WIsconsin DNR, U.S. Fish and WIldlife, Stoddard-Bergen Fire Dept., Tri-State Ambulance, Med-Link Air, Caledonia Ambulance, La Crosse Co. Sheriff's Dept. Boat Patrol, La Crosse Co. Dive Team, La Crescent Fire, Town of Shelby FIre, Ft. McCoy Fire (sonar), La Crosse Police Boat Patrol, Winona Co. Sheriff's Dive Rescue, Brennan Marine (boat recovery), Del's Towing and Transport (boat recovery), Regional Medical Office of Southern MN, Bruce's Legacy Search and Rescue, other agencies and volunteers.

The crash is still under investigation by the Wisconsin DNR, Vernon Co. Sheriff's Dept., and the Vernon Co. Coroner's Office.

This update reflects a correction of Tracy Lynn Peterson's age from 50 to 40.



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