WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. — A person is still missing after crews attempted a water rescue in Webster County.
Three people were in a vehicle that was stranded at the Finley River Crossing on State Route Z, south of Fordland. The vehicle attempted to travel over a low-water crossing.
The call for help came around 10:30 p.m. on March 23. Emergency responders were still at the scene at 8 a.m. March 24. They said the weather made using their equipment difficult and that when the water recedes, they will have an easier time conducting the search for the missing person.
Two of the people left the vehicle and got to safety before emergency responders arrived. However, the third person has not yet been found.
Around 1 p.m. crews moved locations so they could put a boat in the water as they battled high water levels and debris upstream.
“This particular area, we’ve had several different incidents over the years that the vehicles washed away,” Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said. “the actual power of water is beyond what most people can comprehend.”
Both Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division and Webster County faced issues when it came to getttig into the water.
“The part of the state that we’re in with the low lying areas, the tributaries that run into our rivers, that run into the lakes. You know, virtually look the same, even though we’re going to have a different amount or type of debris that’s going to hinder those efforts and cause us to maybe have to delay at times,” Troop D Sgt. Mike McClure said. “This is something that occurs every spring. this is no stranger to this. But each one, you know, presents different challenges depending on the body of water.”
For every water rescue, crews search until they find the person they’re looking for, even if it means staying out all day and night.
“You think you have control and and then you lose it pretty fast,” Cole said. “getting out of the vehicles is kind of a difficult part.:”
Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District Chief Richard Stirts said they have received multiple calls about the location in the past.
This story will be updated as more information is released.