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Crews search the Mississippi River for a man who fell overboard

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Crews are searching for a boater who fell into the Mississippi River in St. Paul early Saturday morning.

Ramsey County officials tell KARE 11 that they got the call around 12:45 a.m. The man is said to have fallen overboard under the Interstate 35E bridge near Crosby Lake.

The station says there had been two people in the boat at the time. The man fell into the water while working on an anchor, officials say. He was not wearing a life jacket.

KSTP says crews brought in five boats and a helicopter to search the area until 4 a.m.

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According to the Star Tribune, the search in the dark, flowing river water was temporarily halted for safety reasons.

The search resumed hours later, the sheriff's office posted to Twitter.

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Sgt. John Eastham told KSTP that officials don't believe the man who fell overboard is alive.

"At this point, we believe this is a recovery operation," he told the station.

The search will continue until the man's body is found, the Star Tribune Reports.

Names have not yet been released.

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