UPDATE: Crews back out searching for missing boater

Joshua Hli Xiong has been missing since Nov. 9th

Winona County Dive Rescue was back out on the river Sunday, searching for the body of an Onalaska man missing for more than a month.

Crews searched for 27-year-old Joshua Hli Xiong for several hours Sunday.

They are focusing their search near Lock and Dam No. 7.

Xiong was reported missing after he went out fishing late at night and never returned.  His car and trailer were found at the boat landing.

His damaged boat, motor and life jacket were also found.

Authorities believe an accident led to his disappearance.


Search and rescue crews continue to look for a missing Onalaska man just south of Lock and Dam No. 7 in Dresbach, Minnesota.

Winona County Sheriff David Brand said 27-year-old Joshua Hli Xiong of Onalaska took his boat out Saturday at 11 p.m.  Rescues teams were called in early Sunday morning. 

They found the missing man’s boat and trailer at the Dresbach landing. Crews continued to search just south of the Dresbach Lock and Dam No. 7 after finding the missing man’s damaged boat, boat motor, and life jacket.  Winona County Sheriff David Brand said a boating accident could have led to the man’s disappearance.  

“We aren’t sure how it happened yet but according to looking at the boat, we believe it hit the roller gate number one, sunk, it took the motor off, it bent up the boat and it was found down stream,” said Brand.

Brand is now calling the search a recovery mission. Crews continued looking for the man Monday morning. If you have a boat and can help with the search efforts, you’re asked to contact the Winona County Sheriff’s Department (507) 457-6368.