Authorities resume search on Sunday for Mason City man who fell out of boat in the Winnebago River

Authorities resume search on Sunday for Mason City man who fell out of boat in the Winnebago River Photo: MGNonline.

Updated: March 29, 2020 02:09 PM
Created: March 29, 2020 12:00 PM

HANLONTOWN, Iowa (ABC 6 News) — On Sunday Worth County authorities say they search efforts resumed for a man who felll into the Winnebago River near Hanlontown on Friday.  Authorities identified the man on Saturday as Adam D. Vansyoc, 43-years old of Mason City.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are reminding anyone considering being on or around the river with rapidly changing and high water levels are dangerous and deserves a person’s utmost respect. Authorities continued to say that "any small mistakes can be catastrophic in these conditions."


Emergency responders were called around 1:20 p.m. Friday to the river for reports that a man had fallen into the water and not resurfaced, the Globe Gazette reported.

Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank said it appeared the boat hit some cables, spinning the boat and knocking the man into the water. A second man in the boat was not injured.

Fank said the stretch of river the men were fishing is a popular spot for recreational boating and

Officials were unsure where the cables were located or what they were attached to, but said the scene was still being investigated. Hanlontown is about 125 miles (201.1 kilometers) north of Des Moines.

Agencies assisting the Worth County Sheriff’s Office at the scene have been the Iowa State patrol, Iowa State patrol aircraft, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Hanlontown, Fertile, Northwood, Clear Lake, and Ventura fire Departments, Forest City Ambulance, Worth County Emergency Management, Worth County IT, Mercy Air Med, Iowa Underwater Search and Rescue, POET bio-refinery, Worth County Sheriff’s Reserves.

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