WATER SEARCH: 14-year-old boy disappears in Mississippi River - KMSP-TV

WATER SEARCH: 14-year-old boy disappears in Mississippi River

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Police in St. Paul Park are searching a portion of the Mississippi River at Lions Levee Park after a teenager who went into the water to cool off with friends disappeared.

St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan held a press conference on Sunday evening to confirm a 14-year-old boy who was at the park with a group of friends went missing in the water at about 5 p.m.; however, he said the teens were not swimming and only intended to cool off.

Police have not identified the young victim; however, after hours of searching, they do say the effort has transitioned from search and rescue to one of recovery. Fast-moving currents estimated at 8 to 9 knots complicated the search.

"Normal is probably 3 to 4 [knots]," Mike Kramer, assistant fire chief if the St. Paul Park Fire Department, explained. "Water is high due to all the rainfall we've had lately."

Officers have not explained the circumstances of what happened, but a girl at the scene identified herself as the boy's girlfriend. She and another friend were reportedly in the water with him, and all have since been interviewed by police. 

Police did confirm that no adult was with the group of teens at the time the boy apparently drowned. Officials plan to resume their search in the morning.

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