Man disappears while swimming in Big Blue River

The search has resumed for a 23-year-old man who disappeared while swimming in the Big Blue River in Beatrice. Fire Chief Brian Daake says Eric Pospichal had been swimming near a spillway below the West Court Street bridge.

Firefighters were called for rescue aid around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. A dive team that responded from Fairbury on Wednesday night did not go in the water because of the fast current and peril posed by snags below the surface.

County emergency management coordinator Mark Meints said Thursday that a boat would be connected to ropes that have been strung across the river. He says that will let someone search the river without having to enter the water.

Dogs also may be called in to search the banks.