Dubuque man missing in Mississippi River; empty pontoon recovered

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The surface of Lake Mendota on June 1, 2022. WISC-TV/Channel3000.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Officials are searching for a missing Dubuque man who was last seen on the Mississippi River Wednesday evening.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it received a report around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that the man, 51-year-old Alan Hartig, was in Wisconsin waters near Finley’s Landing.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hartig was wading in shallow water with his pontoon beached on a sand bar when the boat dislodged and he tried to follow it. Officials recovered the empty pontoon a short distance away.

Search efforts have continued into Thursday but so far have not led to Hartig being found.