GENOA – Rescue organizations and Genoa residents are continuing the search for a man that fell into the Loup River on Saturday.
At 5:50 pm on May 25th, the Nance County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting someone had fallen out of a kayak while attempting to go over the Loup Public Power diversion dam on the Loup River. Several witnesses on the bank of the river attempted to reach the victim, but due to the strong currents in the area were unable to reach him.
Witnesses on-scene identified the victim as 29-year-old Brett Swantek of Genoa. First responders and other volunteers from the area immediately began searching the waters at the dam and downstream, but due to worsening conditions on the river and nightfall, the search was postponed until 5:00 AM on Sunday.
Various organizations and several community volunteers continued the search for Swantek throughout Sunday without success. The search continued on Monday, with assistance from several other volunteers and first responders.
Tuesday morning, volunteers gathered at Headworks Parks and assisted in searching the banks from the dam to the Highway 39 bridge over the Loup River. Due to extremely fast currents and dangerous conditions on the river, rescuers were not able to use watercrafts to assist in the search on Tuesday.
Volunteers are continuing to search the banks of the Loup River for any signs of Swantek.