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Forum News Service, Published July 16 2013

Authorities search for missing swimmer near International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. - Officials from the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the search for a 27-year-old man who disappeared Sunday evening while swimming from the Canadian side of the Rainy River.

The Ontario Provincial Police reported that two people attempted to swim out from and back to the public docks in Emo, a distance of about 200 feet. One of the swimmers returned to the docks, while the second swimmer went under the water and did not return to the surface. Emo is about 20 miles west of International Falls; the Rainy River marks the border between the U.S. and Canada.

Canadian authorities conducted a shoreline search for the missing man, and continue to patrol the water with the assistance of officials from the U.S. An Ontario Provincial Police underwater search and recovery team was en route to the scene Monday.