STANLEY, N.D. — The Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office says a man who went missing while operating a personal watercraft on the Missouri River near New Town is presumed drowned.

Authorities tell KMOT-TV that they were notified of an unattended personal watercraft Sunday morning near the Four Bears Bridge. A person who had been with the man said he lost sight of him in rough waters.

The missing man did not have a life jacket. Authorities say the search is now a recovery effort.

The man’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Information from: KFYR-TV,

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