Body of girl who tried to rescue brother in SD river recovered; man still missing

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Rescue crews have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl who tried to rescue her younger brother in an icy, fast-moving river in South Dakota just over Minnesota's southwest border, The Associated Press reports.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported earlier that emergency officials were searching for the bodies of Madison Wallace, 16, and another man who tried to help -- Lyle Eagletail, 28, of Sioux Falls -- after the boy fell into the Big Sioux River at Falls Park Thursday.

The boy, Garrett Wallace, of Vermillion, S.D., made it out of the water safely, the newspaper reported. He had been climbing on rocks when he fell in Thursday night, the Associated Press reports.

A friend of Eagletail's says he witnessed the holding onto the girl and boy by their hands before his hands began sliding, before he just “slipped and disappeared," The Associated Press reported.

The search focus changed overnight from rescue to recovery, Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras said.

ABC News says rescuers were battling a sea of foam whipped up by currents:

KARE 11 has raw video from the scene:

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