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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.