1 person dead, 1 missing after boat hits pylon on Mississippi River

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Authorities on both sides of the Mississippi River are searching the water after a boat crash that left one person dead and another missing near Brownsville, Minnesota, this weekend. 

The accident happened Saturday evening on the Wisconsin side of the river, the Houston County sheriff's office announced on Facebook.

The post says there were seven people aboard the boat, and that five of them were pulled from the water and taken to the hospital. The other two – the woman who was killed and the "unaccounted for" person – have yet to be identified. 

A witness tells WXOW they saw the watercraft "collide with a concrete pylon marking the river channel" near Wildcat Park, and then partially sink. 

The search was suspended Saturday night because of darkness, but resumed Sunday morning, the TV station reported.

The Houston County sheriff referred to the search effort as a "recovery."

Authorities haven't specified the conditions of the survivors yet. 

Boat crashes in Minnesota 

As of July of this year, the state has seen 42 boating accidents, preliminary DNR data says

That includes nine fatalities. That's already higher than the number of boating es that Minnesota normally sees by July, according to statistics from the last several years. 

Last year, a total 17 people lost their lives to boat accidents in the state.

For tips on how to stay safe on the water, check out this link

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