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Police Search For Missing Hudson Valley Kayaker

Wallkill River in Ulster County.
Wallkill River in Ulster County. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

State police have identified a male kayaker who went missing in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday afternoon in the Hudson Valley.

At approximately 3:15 p.m.,  Ulster County 911 received a call for an overturned kayak in the Wallkill River in Rifton, in the town of Esopus near the area of Route 213.

The initial response consisted of State Police Highland, Ulster County Sheriff's Office with their dive team, Ulster County Hose #5, Rifton Fire Department, Esopus Ambulance, and Ulster County Department of Emergency Management .

State Police Underwater Recovery Team (URT) from Troop F and Troop K responded with an airboat and SONAR equipment.

The search lasted until 8 p.m., shortly after the kayak and other personal belongings were located and secured.

The search resumed Wednesday morning and efforts are still underway to locate the missing kayaker.

The name of the missing kayaker is currently not being released.

The following agencies are assisting in the search:

  • State Police Highland
  • State Police URT Troops F and K
  • Ulster County Sheriff's Department with Dive Team
  • Rosendale Town Police Department
  • Rifton Fire Department
  • Ulster Hose Company #5
  • Tillson Fire Department
  • New Paltz Fire Department
  • Esopus Fire Department
  • Espous Ambulance
  • Mobile Life Support Services
  • Ulster County Department of Emergency Management

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