Update - On October 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a boater who had fallen over board at the Lock and Dam # 9. It was determined that Roger S. Goodell age 64 of rural Ferryville and a friend were fishing in the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 9 (near Lynxville).
The boat they were in floated into a restricted area near the dam and the boat hit the wall of the dam. Goodell attempted to push the boat away from the wall while the friend he was with started the boat motor. Goodell fell overboard into the water and never resurfaced. Goodell is presumed drowned.
Workers from Lock and Dam 9, members from several volunteer Fire Departments, Officers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Med Link Air all searched for Goodell during the afternoon.
The search resumed on Sunday morning October 12, 2014. Army Corps of Engineers dive team was called in to search the area near the dam where Goodell had fallen in. The Wisconsin DNR also brought in two underwater cameras called Rovers. Volunteer Fire Department members and Sheriff Department Personnel were are also assisting with the search. As of the time of this news release Goodell’s body has not been located, the search continues.
“We need to keep looking and hope that we can find him for closure for family and friends”, stated Sheriff Dale McCullick. With all the boats out fishing and hunting season ongoing on the river if he surfaces he will be found, added McCullick.
Anyone finding something on the water is urged to call the Crawford County Sheriff Office at 608-326-8414 and report it.
“I want to thank the U S Army Corps of Engineers for all their assistance they were a great resource throughout this process”, said Sheriff McCullick. I also want to thank all who assisted the Sheriff’s Department, Seneca Fire Dept and First Responders, Tri State EMS, Med Link Air, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Sheriff Dept. Lansing Iowa Fire Dept., Harpers Ferry Iowa Fire Dept., and Roger Martin Crawford County Emergency Management Director.