A kayaker has gone missing on the St. Croix River, with search teams looking for him since his empty kayak was found near a state park.
The dark green kayak pulled up on shore north of Rock Island, on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River near Interstate State Park, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, with a tackle box and vehicle keys left inside.
The vehicle was found on the Minnesota side of Interstate State Park, in Taylors Falls, and police discovered it belongs to 49-year-old Vue Her, according to the Chisago County Sheriff's Office.
Her's family filed a missing persons report with the Oakdale Police Department and a search started early Thursday morning, with boat, ground and air teams combing the area throughout the day.
Her is described as an Asian male, 5'0" tall and weighing 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown and gray polo shirt and blue jeans. He has black hair, cut short on the sides and longer on top.
While his kayak was found, two fishing poles he had with him are missing. One is pink and the other green, and the public are being asked to keep an eye out for Vue and these two poles if they're out on the St. Croix.
Anyone with information should call the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office at 651 257-4100.
Boating incidents in Minnesota
There have been a couple dozen serious boating incidents in Minnesota in 2017, with figures from the DNR showing 14 non-fatal boating accidents and eight fatal accidents as of June 12.'
There were 17 boating fatalities in total in 2016, the second highest number in the past decade.
The DNR regularly reminds lake goers to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest when they head out onto the water. The DNR said 10 lives could be saved each year in Minnesota if people wore a life jacket.