Crews searching for Rockford man who fell into the Mississippi River

HAMPTON, Ill. (KWQC) -- UPDATE: According to the Hampton Fire Department and Illinois DNR, the missing man is from Rockford, Illinois.

Crews on scene tell our sister station KWQC in the Quad Cities that divers were in the water on Sunday. Crews said they are now discussing the next steps for continuing the search this week.


A search is underway for a man who fell in the Mississippi River.
Our sister station KWQC in the Quad Cities was told the man fell in the River near Lock and Dam 14, located on the Mississippi River near LeClaire, Iowa and Hampton, Illinois.

The call came in around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said the 35-year-old man fell into the water when he was with his family at the popular fishing spot in Hampton, "Fisherman's Corner" where witnesses said he fell off the rocks, and into the river.

"We feel bad about what happened here. We were fishing and all of a sudden the person fell in the water. We saw him going and another person tried to save him, but at that point, there was nothing he could do" said Andres Fernandez who witnessed the incident while fishing.

Silvis, Hampton, and East Moline fire responded to the incident. Multiple boats and a dive team were deployed in search of the man.
Officials say they will stop the search Saturday night and will continue looking for the man Sunday morning, once it is daylight again.
The man's name has not yet been released.