Search resumes for boy and two men in Milwaukee drainage ditch

The Milwaukee Fire Department resumed a search Tuesday morning for an 11-year-old boy and two men in their late 30s who they believe entered water in a drainage ditch. They said Tuesday morning that it was now a recovery operation. Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said Tuesday the Dive Team and Heavy City Rescue were set to search three tunnels, each 900 feet long. Lipski said surviving Monday night’s conditions would have been difficult. Milwaukee police said they received calls around 6 p.m. Monday for a boy who had fallen into the water near 25th Street and Tripoli Avenue, which they say is part of the Kinnickinnic River. Police said the pair jumped after the boy to save him, but all three were swept away. No one has seen the three since, according to first responders. Rescue crews checked every manhole in the area and were stationed outside the tunnels near 27th Street and Morgan Avenue, as well as 27th Street and Loomis Road. The deputy fire chief said the water was too deep and fast for divers. He said there was also a risk of debris in the tunnel, which made entering with a raft too dangerous. Crews temporarily halted the search around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The deputy chief said they would resume on the first day in the morning, once it was clear enough to see. He said that since the rainfall has caused the water to rise, he hopes that in the morning it could come down enough for crews to venture into the tunnels safely. It is unclear why the boy was near the water in the first place. Rescue teams used drones to check the tunnels at their openings, buoys to gauge water speed and where debris might stop someone and stretched ropes for victims to grab onto along the waterway. The deputy fire chief said it was possible the victims suffered from hypothermia during the night, due to the cold water. The Milwaukee Fire Department Urban Rescue and Dive Team was working at the scene, along with the Milwaukee Police Department Scuba Diving Team. Both were working with municipal sewer crews to find out where and when the tunnels turn along the waterway.

The Milwaukee Fire Department resumed a search Tuesday morning for an 11-year-old boy and two men in their late 30s who they believe entered water in a drainage ditch.

They said Tuesday morning that it was now a recovery operation.

Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said Tuesday the Dive Team and Heavy City Rescue were set to search three tunnels, each 900 feet long.

Lipski said surviving Monday night’s conditions would have been difficult

Milwaukee police said they received calls around 6 p.m. Monday for a boy who had fallen into the water near 25th Street and Tripoli Avenue, which they say is part of the Kinnickinnic River.

Police said the pair jumped after the boy to save him, but all three were swept away.

No one has seen the three since, according to first responders.

Rescue crews checked every manhole in the area and were stationed outside the tunnels near 27th Street and Morgan Avenue, as well as 27th Street and Loomis Road.

The deputy fire chief said the water was too deep and fast for divers. He said there was also a risk of debris in the tunnel, which made entering with a raft too dangerous.

Crews temporarily halted the search around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The deputy chief said they would resume on the first day in the morning, once it was clear enough to see. He said that since the rainfall has caused the water to rise, he hopes that in the morning it could come down enough for crews to venture into the tunnels safely.

It is unclear why the boy was near the water in the first place.

Rescue teams used drones to check the tunnels at their openings, buoys to gauge water speed and where debris might stop someone and stretched ropes for victims to grab onto along the waterway.

The deputy fire chief said it was possible the victims suffered from hypothermia during the night, due to the cold water.

The Milwaukee Fire Department Urban Rescue and Dive Team was working at the scene, along with the Milwaukee Police Department Scuba Diving Team. Both were working with municipal sewer crews to find out where and when the tunnels turn along the waterway.

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