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Near Hartford, Il (KSDK) -- A search for two missing boaters near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers will resume Sunday morning.

Authorities say the accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mel Price Lock & Dam boat launch.

There were three people in the boat when it overturned, including a ten-year-old boy who was rescued by barge workers. Officials said he is in good condition.

There were three people in the boat when it overturned, including a ten-year-old boy who was rescued by barge workers. Officials said he is in good condition.

Hartford Assistant Fire Chief Bill Owens said, "The barge crew actually saw the boy in the water and went and got the life ring. They did their job very well. A couple guys went to rescue; a couple guys went to get stuff ready for the boy. They dressed him in warm, dry clothes."

As many as 45 rescue personnel from several area departments walked the banks of the river and put up to 7 boats in the water. Officials say wind and waves created conditions which were not good for search and rescue crews to be out in, much less casual boaters.

Fire Chief Dave Owens said, "It's probably 3-4 foot wakes. There's a lot of white caps. A small john boat, small fishing boat. We had some boats we didn't even deploy just because of the size of the boat and the condition of the river."

A staging area was set up in Hartford, which is around seven miles south of Alton along the Mississippi River.

Search and rescue crews will resume their efforts Sunday morning, though their focus will likely be on recovery.

Officials have not released the identity of the victims. Grieving family members were on the scene.

Crews who assisted include the Missouri State Water Patrol, Edwardsville, Alton, West Alton, Spanish Lake, Orchard Farm, Roxana, South Roxana, Rivers Pointe, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Coast Guard, and St. Louis County.

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