STAATSBURG, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The search was suspended again late Sunday for a missing kayaker who vanished in the waters of the Hudson River more than a day earlier.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Capt. John Watterson says the efforts to find Ian Jones resumed around 7:30 a.m. Sunday after being suspended Saturday night. The search was suspended once more around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Watterson said Jones, 32, and his girlfriend, Tali Fruchtmann, 22, started kayaking early Saturday morning. Around 10 a.m., while paddling near Mills Mansion, a historic home in Staatsburg, the kayak overturned and the two went into the water. He says neither was wearing a life jacket.
Police say Fruchtmann was picked up by passers-by on a boat after being separated from Jones in the water. Watterson said Fruchtmann is the daughter of singer Annie Lennox.
Dan Michaluk has been boating in the same area of the Hudson River for 12 years, and knows how dangerous it can be.
“The current can be 5 to 6 knots on an outgoing tide or an in-going tide, so it’s difficult to swim against’ difficult to get to shore — pretty serious,” Michaluk, of Rhinebeck, told CBS2’s Mark Morgan. “Nothing to mess around with.”
And search crews, starting early in the morning, were dealing with that current on Sunday. At least two boats were equipped with sonar scanning and divers were underwater as well.
Meanwhile, Annie Lennox made no official statement, saying only, “Tali is OK.”
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.
The large scope of the search and the rough water conditions have made the investigation very difficult.
Jones is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall 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.
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