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Search for missing boater impacts vacationers' weekend plans

Police were checking the shoreline near Storm Lake throughout the day Saturday. Police were checking the shoreline near Storm Lake throughout the day Saturday.

It's a smaller search now for Jaime Adan Jaime-Vazquez. The dive teams are now gone, as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and other crews have simplified their search methods for the missing 28-year-old man. But the images from Thursday night are still with vacationer Jim Rank.

"Could see somebody's head sticking out of the water, and every once and a while you could faintly hear him calling for help," said Rank.

The search changed Rank's family's plans for the weekend, including his children's plans for play time in the water.

"We wanted to take the pontoon out and they were a little bit leery about going out there because they didn't obviously want anything like that to happen to us or them," said Rank.

On Saturday, a few crews worked the distant waters, using sonar to try to locate Jaime-Vazquez. Police also methodically checked the areas near Kings' Pointe Waterpark and Resort.

"All weekend long, every hour, they've been walking the shore and they just keep trying to find him," said Ploeger.

Wade Poyner was in his boat when Jaime-Vazquez and his friend, Abel Almanza Troncoso, fell into the lake.

"Heard a lot of sirens and stuff. Didn't really know what went on. Came back in, tied up the boat, and my wife came out on the dock and said, is everybody okay, you know, they're missing somebody out there," said Poyner.

The Poyner family has watched the search unfold from their hotel room.

"Been kind of crazy, you know, walk out of your room here and you can see the search boats going well into the night," said Poyner.

For Connie Ploeger, a fun family getaway to the lake has turned into a sad scene.

You feel sorry for the whole family because they're wondering where their loved one is, and you don't know where he is. It does. It puts a damper on the whole weekend," said Ploeger.

DNR officials say they widened their search area again Saturday. Crews say they'll continue to check the shoreline throughout the weekend, looking for Jaime-Vazquez.

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