Darkness suspends search for man who drowned at Blue Lake, near Onawa, IA
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Darkness on Wednesday night forced authorities to suspend their search for a man who drowned in Blue Lake near Onawa, Iowa.
Blue Lake is south of Sioux City off of Interstate 29 and northwest of Onawa. It's an oxbow lake not far from Lewis and Clark State Park.
Emergency responders were called to the lake shortly before noon.
Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt says a man was swimming during an outing with family in friends. He says it's still unclear why the man went under the water and didn't surface. Pratt says family and friends went into the lake and couldn't find him.
A dive team is using sonar in their search efforts but Pratt says this is still a recovery effort.
"We used some side mounted radar off of a fisheries boat to locate a couple of spots of interest and that's kind of where they're looking in those areas just to see if that is something they need to focus in on," said Pratt.
Searchers will be back on Blue Lake at 9:00am Thursday.
Authorities have not released the man's name but have disclosed the family is from the Onawa area.
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