STAATSBURG, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities are searching for a kayaker in the Hudson River — in an area about 60 miles from where another kayaker disappeared.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Capt. John Watterson says a man and a woman went into the water around 9:50 a.m. Saturday while paddling near Mills Mansion, a historic home in the hamlet of Staatsburg.READ MORE: 2 Dozen Members Of Military Begin Serving As Pandemic Reinforcements At Newark's University Hospital
Watterson says the the couple was separated and the woman was found and picked up by a passing boat, but the man is unaccounted for. The man is identified as 32-year-old Ian Jones and the woman as 22-year-old Tali Fruchtmann, both of New York City. The two were not wearing life preservers at the time they went into the water.
Marine Patrols and dive teams were sent out to search but have suspended the search for the night.
Staatsburg is about 60 miles north of the area where another kayaker, Vincent Viafore, disappeared during an April 19 kayaking trip with fiancée Angelika Graswald.READ MORE: NYPD Narcotics Detective Wounded In Shooting On Staten Island Hailed As Hero For Protecting Fellow Officers
She told authorities his kayak capsized accidentally and she couldn’t save him. But prosecutors say she admitted tampering with his kayak to cause his death.
Graswald has pleaded not guilty to murder.
At this point this weekend’s incident doesn’t appear to be criminal in nature and no foul play is suspected, however the investigation is continuing and more information may be released as it becomes available.MORE NEWS: Search Continues For Gunman After 11-Month-Old Shot By Stray Bullet In Bronx
Jones is described as a white male, approx. 6’3” with a slim build, dark hair, wearing jeans and a denim shirt. Anyone who sees someone matching this description is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 845-486-3800, or via the tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583) or firstname.lastname@example.org.