Update: Authorities have released the name of the man missing in the Kaskaskia River as 26-year-old Joshua Toennies,of New Baden. They say Tonnies dove off a boat into the river and did not resurface. The search will continue throughout Sunday evening.
NEW MEMPHIS — Water rescue crews are searching the Kaskaskia River in New Memphis, after a man jumped into the water from a boat near Illinois 160 and did not resurface.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident, after the St. Clair County Special Emergency Services received a call around 9 p.m. Saturday for water rescue.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, The Swansea Fire Department was also dispatched to assist, along with Emergency personnel from the Fayetteville Fire Department, Clinton County Emergency Management Agency and Clin-Clair Fire Protection District.
A staging area was set up Sunday afternoon for IDNR and other emergency crews at the New Memphis Station bar and restaurant, 2443 Wittenburg Road, New Baden.
Various underwater rescue crews have been involved as well, an emergency crew member said.