Emergency crews are currently combing the Mississippi River near the Chain of Rocks Canal as the search for a missing fisherman continues. The Alton Fire Department responded to the scene after receiving a report of a collision between a tow boat and an 18-foot fishing boat near the entrance to the canal from the U.S. Coast Guard around 3:30 this morning according to Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold.
Sebold says that authorities confirmed that the fisherman was fishing on the southside of the Mel Price Locks and Dam prior the accident and that the collision likely took place within a mile from where crews first spotted the empty boat.
Crews from the Alton Fire Department, Spanish Lake Fire Protection District, St. Louis City Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are among the law enforcement agencies searching the area.
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