Search for Missing VCSU Student Continues

The Search for a missing Valley City State University Student presumed drowned after falling into the Sheyenne River Monday resumed Tuesday morning.

The accident occurred at about 1:15 Monday morning when a raft carrying three VCSU students capsized near the Little Dam in Valley City.

Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a 9-1-1 call was placed reporting that the caller heard screams coming from the river, according to VCFD Chief Gary Retterath. Two of the men were rescued by Valley City Police Officer Sean Hagen and Sergeant Cody Thibert along with a group of citizens. The two remain in Mercy Hospital where they are recovering from hypothermia.

An e-mail from VCSU President Dr. Steve Shirley later confirmed that the young men were all VCSU students.

The Valley City Fire Department, VCPD and Valley Water Rescue from Fargo searched the river near the dam throughout Monday without success. The water level in the Sheyenne River was lowered to accommodate the search when officials lowered the output from the Baldhill Dam to just 100 CFS. Crews then searched the area in boats, with divers, dogs and by using sonar. The search continued until dusk Monday.

According Retterath, on Tuesday, the search will move south on the river with crews working one side as far as the Interstate Bridge then working north again to the dam.