Crews find body of missing canoeist

Sheriff: Man was fishing in canoe when it tipped over

Rescue crews in Winona found the body of a man who tipped over his canoe while fishing.

Witnesses say Robert Lester Duncanson, 88, was fishing in his canoe by a downed tree. The canoe tipped over and the man was holding onto a tree branch, which snapped and the man went into the water.

Five boats and crews were out Saturday searching for Duncanson all afternoon. They dragged hooks along the bottom of the waterway, ultimately finding the man just before 3 p.m.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said Duncanson was a good swimmer.

The Winona Dive Rescue Team, along with Winona Police and Fire Departments, the Winona County Sheriff’s Department, and the Goodview Police and Fire Departments assisted in the search.

On Tuesday, May 20, a kayaker was rescued near the Onalaska Spillway after he was pulled under water due to a strong current.