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Search for drowning victim resumes Monday

Bone Leang, 37, fell into the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon. Bone Leang, 37, fell into the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon.

(WMC-TV) - The search resumed Monday morning for the man believed to have been swept into the Mississippi River while fishing Sunday.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Bone Leang, 37, was standing in the river about 100 yards north of the Shelby Forest boat ramp when the current swept him away. Two others reportedly jumped into the water in an effort to rescue him.

Emergency crews were called around 3 p.m. when Leang did not resurface. Crews from Millington, Shelby County, Memphis, and the Coast Guard all responded to the search.

"There's a lot of professionals out here right now doing everything we can to find this individual," said Brent Perkins, Shelby County Fire Department.

Due to a language barrier, rescue crews had trouble locating the area. Officials say Leang did not know how to swim.

"Initially, there was a little bit of a barrier with the caller in terms of language and we had a little bit of difficulty locating exactly where they were," explained Perkins.

The rescue has turned into a recovery effort, according to officials.

"When the water goes low like this, more things that have been under water and buried in the riverbed for a long time begin to pop up. There's a new kind of hazard and it's still swift water," said Perkins.

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