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Search continues for missing man in river

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Search continues for missing man in river
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One child is dead, and another man is presumed dead after both disappeared into a North Country river Saturday night. After discovering the body of the child, dive crews hit the water Sunday morning to search for the second victim. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has the latest.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- It started Saturday night when a group of people were fishing from the shore of the Black River.

Around 6:30 p.m., emergency crews responded after reports were called in that a five-year-old boy fell into the river and a 47-year-old man jumped in after him.

Sadly, the boy was found an hour later at the hydro power racks at the Glen Park dam. He was pronounced dead while the other man was still missing.

Crews picked up the search again Sunday morning near the same location where the boy was found.

"There was no indication that the other made it this far. We decided we should check it out," said Mark Knowles, Jefferson County Star Dive Commander.

Boats were on standby while the divers swam down. After almost two hours of searching, the Jefferson County Star Dive Team saw no sign of the missing man.

"I think our feeling is no he's probably not this far and there is a good chance he is still maybe somewhere in the city area and it just may take time before we are able to find him," said Knowles.

According to the commander, there is still some more investigating and fact finding that has to be done before they can do anything further.

"Right now, it's more of a regroup, sit and evaluate, get some more information from all concerned, and check the river in various spots," said Knowles.

The names of either victim have not been released. Crews will conduct periodic shore searches. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP