Tuesday May 6, 2008--Friends and family members of 27-year-old Keith R. Fietsam of Winfield, Mo. console each other down by the side of the Missouri River after rescuers called off a four and a half hour search for Fietsam around 11:30 AM on Tuesday. Fietsam and a friend were crossing the Centaur Chute of the Missouri River when their canoe capsized as they were attempting to cross over to the Howell Island Conservation area to hunt turkeys. The strong current on river surprised the hunters as it sucked the boat into turbulant water, pictured to the right. Fietsam's hunting partner Leo Geringer clung to the boat and was able to make it to shore. Rescue workers presume Fietsam is dead. Divers will resume efforts to find Fietsam's body on Wednesay morning.
David Carson | Post-Dispatch