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UPDATE: 2 people from Southeast Minnesota killed in boat crash on Mississippi River


Crews have recovered the body of a Fillmore County man after a weekend boat crash on the Mississippi River that claimed two lives in all.

According to the Vernon County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin, crews pulled the body of 47-year-old Kevin Lee Hanson, of Mabel, from the water at 4:27 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday in Madison, Wis.

The Sheriff's Office says Hanson was in a boat with six other people in the town of Bergen, Wis., when their boat hit a concrete navigational marker on the Mississippi at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Their boat then became partially submerged.

Several people in nearby boats then began helping the victims out of the water.

A private craft brought 56-year-old Diana Lynn Klankowski, of Spring Grove, to shore. But she was pronounced dead about half an hour after the crash, according to the Sheriff's Office. Klankowski's body was taken to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester for an autopsy.

Five other people on the boat were taken to area hospitals. One of them has since been released, according to a news release Sunday evening, 

But Hanson was missing after the accident, and crews searched for him until 1 a.m. Sunday. They then resumed the search at about 8 a.m. before recovering his body late Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office says although the boat had personal flotation devices, they were not being at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.


Authorities are searching the Mississippi River for a boater missing following a crash that killed one person and injured five others.

Sheriff's officials say the seven people were on a boat that crashed about 6:15 p.m. Saturday just south of Brownsville, Minnesota on the Wisconsin side of the river.

Witness Jim Mauer says he saw the boat hit a concrete pylon marking the river channel. Mauer says he jumped in a boat and pulled three injured people from the river.

WXOW-TV reports others at nearby Wildcat Park and Landing also jumped in boats to assist the injured before first responders arrived.

The injured were taken to hospitals in La Crosse.

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