Water rescue crews search for missing man on Mississippi River

UPDATED: October 10 at 10 a.m.

Friends and family of the Quincy man tragically lost on the river earlier this summer was remembered Sunday.

The memorial service was held Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy Sunday afternoon for John Flaiz.

He went missing on the Mississippi on August 27 after a boat collided with his near HogBack Island.

Quincy Volunteer Emergency corps members and many other volunteers have continued their search for Flaiz since that night but have yet to find him.

For many, the service helped bring some closure until Flaiz is found.


UPDATED: Sept 8 at 6 a.m. The Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corps is asking for your help in the search for a missing Quincy man.We talked with members of the corps who told KHQA they're expanding their search to cover more miles along the Mississippi River.Anyone with a jon boat is asked to help in the search this Saturday.The corps plans to search Mississippi River Pools 21, 22 and 24.That's essentially the river from Hogback Island near Quincy to Clarksville, Missouri.The volunteer emergency corps will have a command center set up at South Side Boat Club in Quincy and another one in New Canton, Illinois at the Pike County Volunteer Emergency Corps building.The search begins at 7:30 a.m. this Saturday at each command post. If you're interested in helping, call (217) 430-9858.

------- UPDATED: Sept 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Search crews were back on the water Wednesday. About 4-5 boats were on the water.

Tuesday a volunteer flew over the area looking for missing boater 29-year-old John Flaiz. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer told KHQA that more boats come to help in the evening as people get off work.

Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corps members have been searching the Mississippi River since the accident happened Aug. 27.

We'll continue to bring you details as they emerge.


UPDATED: September 2 at 7:46 a.m.

Search crews have moved the start point of their searching to a new location near the South Side Boat Club as of Friday morning.

Several police vehicles were at the location as crews met in the early morning hours.


UPDATED: August 29 at 10:23 p.m. Authorities still haven't found a man who went missing when two boats collided between Hogback Island and the Railroad Bridge this past weekend.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer told KHQA earlier this evening that crews have been searching the river all day and will continue that search Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people turned out to Kesler Park Tuesday night in Quincy for a candlelight prayer vigil.

Friends, family and supporters gathered to pray and share memories of John Flaiz.

The mother of Flaiz told KHQA the family would like to thank the community for their support during this difficult time.

She also wants to thank the volunteers with First Responders and Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corps who have been searching for her son.


UPDATED: August 29 at 5:04 p.m. Friends and family have planned a candlelight prayer vigil Tuesday evening.It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kesler Park in Quincy.

---------UPDATED: August 29 at 10:43 a.m.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer has identified the missing boater as 29-year-old John Flaiz.

Emergency search and rescue crews have resumed looking for Flaiz Monday after search efforts ended Sunday night.

You can show your support on Facebook by clicking here and posting your comments on the "Prayers for John Flaiz" page.


UPDATED: August 28 at 8:29 p.m.

Search and rescue crews continue to search the Mississippi River for a boater who went missing Saturday night.

Two boats collided between Hogback Island and the Railroad Bridge just before 11 p.m.

Five people total were onboard the boats, two women, and three men.

KHQA was on scene early Sunday morning when rescue crews brought the women and two of the men back on shore.

The last boater still has not been found.

Quincy Volunteer Emergency Corps and the Adams County Emergency Management Agency brought in crews to map out their search routes.

One of the boats involved in the accident was brought on shore early this afternoon.

More than 40 boats were on the river Sunday including Quincy Fire Department's rescue boat, and several volunteer emergency corps boats.

The rest of the boats were volunteers, friends, and family.

Emergency Management Agency Director John Simon says, "The river community is a closely knit community. A lot of people know everybody. The volunteer emergency corp. many people are familiar with other boaters so a lot of family and friends are out."

Simon says they have wrapped up their search for the night.

They will start again Monday around 7 a.m.


UPDATED: August 28 at 12:15 p.m.

Quincy search and rescue crews along with the Quincy Emergency Volunteer Corps continue their search for a missing man Sunday, after a boat collision late Saturday.

Four out of the five people on board the two boats were accounted for after midnight Sunday. The names of those involved have not been released. KHQA will bring you more updates as they become available here and on our Facebook page .


Water search and rescue crews are on the scene near Kesler Park where reports of a boat collision occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Adams County EMS Chief Paul Davis says two boats were involved, with a total of 5 people on the boats. Three people are safely ashore. Another person is "unofficially accounted for." Crews are still searching for the fifth person, a male.

The boat collision occurred on the main channel between Hogback Island and the North Railroad Bridge.

KHQA is on scene and will bring you the latest via Facebook.