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Authorities searching for teen reportedly swept away in Redwood River

The 16-year-old was swimming with friends on Sunday.
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The search for a teen who went missing Sunday is ongoing in Redwood County, with authorities fearing the boy was swept away in the Redwood River.

According to Redwood Falls Police Department, the search began around 5:45 p.m. near the 100 block of West Bridge Street in Redwood Falls on a report of a teen who got caught in the current and swept away from friends he was swimming with. 

As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, a ground and air search for 16-year-old Thunder Wambade Brothersofall, of Redwood Falls, is ongoing. 

"The water in the Redwood River is very high and moving very fast," police said in a release. "At this time the public is encouraged to stay away from the Redwood River banks in, and near, Ramsey Park."

Because the river is flowing rapidly at a dangerously high level, volunteers are not being accepted in the search for the boy. 

Heavy rain last week resulted in a flood warning for the Redwood River at Redwood Falls, with the National Weather Service saying the river had reached a minor flood stage of 8.8 feet on Sunday night, which is nearly three feet above flood stage. 

At 8.5 feet, the swayback bridge in Redwood Falls is submerged in water. 

Water levels are expected to slowly recede by Saturday evening when the flood warning is set to expire. 

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