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Published April 21, 2014, 06:34 PM

Search continues for man who went missing on Sheyenne River

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - The search continues tonight near Valley City for a man who went missing on the Sheyenne River early this morning.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - The search continues tonight near Valley City for a man who went missing on the Sheyenne River early this morning.

Authorities say three men were floating on an inflatable raft at 1 AM when it capsized.

Rescuers were able to save 2 of the 3 men in that raft after it capsized, with one of those men having to cling to river debris before being pulled in by a rope.

Fred Thompson - Valley City Police Chief: "The way the current goes it takes stuff and pushes it down to the bottom and keeps it there."

It's because of that current, that the search has now turned in to a recovery effort for the missing man, a Valley City State University student.

To do so, Valley City crews asked the U.S. Army Corps of engineers to lower the level of the river by slowing the flow coming from the Bald Hill Dam so scuba divers can safely enter the water.

Fred Thompson: "Right now they're checking some of the side areas that they can do safely now to make sure he's not there"

Valley Water Rescue is helping with the search, providing sonar technology and search dogs until its divers can look at the bottom of the little dam.

Fred Thompson: "By the time we leave here today we'll be sure that he's not there"

Word of the accident has already spread throughout VCSU's campus, with the president Steven Shirley sending out an email confirming the missing man is a student.

While police are still investigating why the men were on the river, Wood tells us the missing man is on VCSU's baseball team and there was a baseball party the men attended last night.

Marcus Wood - VCSU Sophomore: "Just college students just having fun, probably looked fun at the time no one would ever think something like this would happen going out there to have fun but at the end of the day it can happen."

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