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Brent York stands at boat launch (copy)

Adams County Sheriff Brent York makes a call Wednesday morning as he stands at a Wisconsin River boat launch area. Authorities were attempting to recover the body of a child who went missing Tuesday night.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Authorities were still trying to recover a body Wednesday afternoon after a child went missing in the Wisconsin River Tuesday night.

Adams County Sheriff Brent York said the child had been swimming with family and friends, went underwater and did not surface about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is leading a search in the Dells of the Wisconsin River area near Chapel Gorge Trail just north of Wisconsin Dells, a deputy on scene said Wednesday.

York said his office will not release details about the child’s name or age until a body is recovered. He said family members are aware of the active investigation.

York said he hopes to find the child’s body soon in order to reduce the family’s stress.

Divers were taking turns searching in shifts throughout the day. Each diver’s oxygen tank lasts roughly 30 minutes, according to York, requiring teams to cycle in and out of the river periodically.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and dive teams from Sauk and Columbia counties are assisting with search efforts.

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