Rescue crews find body of missing Rockford man in Mississippi River

HAMPTON, Ill. (KWQC & WREX) —  Hampton , Illinois Fire and Rescue says the body of a missing Rockford man who fell into the Mississippi River on Saturday has been found.

Tuesday afternoon, crews continued their search for 35-year-old David Mitchell and found him near where he went in.

Rescue crews say Mitchell slipped and fell into the river on Saturday near Lock and Damn 14.


ORIGINAL STORY: A search is underway for a Rockford man who fell in the Mississippi River, according to our NBC affiliate in the Quad Cities. 

According to the Hampton Fire Department and Illinois DNR, the missing man is from Rockford, Illinois.

Crews on scene say divers are in the water today. Crews say they are now discussing the next steps for continuing the search this week.

According to officials, the man slipped and fell in the river on Saturday.
Someone there did attempt to rescue the man.

KWQC was told the man fell in the River near Lock and Dam 14, located on the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa and Hampton, Illinois.

The call came in around 4:30 Saturday afternoon. A 35-year-old male fell into the water where we were told he was with his family at the popular fishing spot in Hampton, “Fisherman’s Corner” where witnesses say he fell off the rocks, and into the river.

“We feel bad about what happened here. We were fishing and all of a sudden the person fell in the water. We saw him going and another person tried to save him, but at that point, there was nothing he could do” said Andres Fernandez who witnessed the incident while fishing.

Silvis, Hampton, and East Moline fire responded to the incident. Multiple boats and a dive team were deployed in search of the man.

Officials say they will stop the search Saturday night and will continue looking for the man Sunday morning, once it is daylight again.

The man’s name has not yet been released.

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