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UPDATE: Drone now being used in Lake Winona search for body

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) — A drone is now being used as search efforts continue on Lake Winona for a second day after a woman on the bike path reported seeing someone in trouble in the water.

Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude said there are still no reports of anyone missing and no evidence that someone was swimming in Lake Winona Monday morning–including no cars, bicycles or personal property left in the area.

The woman said she saw a man swimming with his arms in the air.  She turned away for a moment and when she looked back, there was no one to be seen.

“Somewhere right around there is where is where the witness said the individual went down. Typically in calm water like this, the individual would go straight to the bottom. He’s be within 10 feet of that marker. We have searched everything around there and at least currently have not come up with anything,” said Capt. Steve Buswell of the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Ganrude said the Water Patrol was circling Lake Winona again on Tuesday afternoon, with a drone deployed to study the scene from the air.

“We’re getting a birds-eye view, maybe that will help us see something,” said Sheriff Ganrude.  “Right now, the plan is to continue searching tonight, and then if necessary again tomorrow, but if we haven’t found anything by Wednesday afternoon we might halt the search.”

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He’s a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine.

After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester.

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