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Search under way for body seen going over Vermillion River waterfall in Hastings

Emergency teams from Hastings are busy scouring the area below the falls of the Vermillion River where a body was seen floating. Teams are searching to recover an adult woman.

Witnesses reported seeing the woman enter the river near the park along 21st Street. She was quickly sucked under the fast-moving water, then apparently went over the waterfall. The person was seen floating below the falls by another group of witnesses.

A possible victim has been identified. No foul play is expected, and it is unclear how or why the person entered the water.

"The exact motivations (for the person) going in the river are not full clear," Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said.

The search resumed Friday morning.

Hastings Fire and EMS Director Mike Schutt said crews from Hastings Fire, Hastings Police and the Dakota County Sheriff searched the area until nightfall Thursday.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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