Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

SAUGERTIES – A 20-year-old man who went kayaking from the Glasco Mini Park was rescued by the Glasco Fire and Ulster Hose Fire Departments with their marine units after he was reported missing, according to Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra.

Photo provided by Saugerties Police Dept.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Ulster County 911 advised police of a call for a missing kayaker from the Glasco Mini park.

The kayaker, who police identified as Tyler Brinkhuis, age 20 of Glasco, went kayaking at approximately 4:30 p.m. and was scheduled to return by 6:30 p.m.

Officers responded to the Glasco Mini and confirmed that Brinkhuis had not returned.

Glasco fire department and the Ulster Hose Fire Department were then dispatched with their marine units.

After approximately a half hour search the Glasco Fire Department located Brinkhuis in the water.

Sinagra said that Brinkhuis explained to rescuers that the river sudden became rough and his kayak capsized.

Brinkhuis reported he was in the water for over an hour using his submerged kayak to stay afloat.

Brinkhuis was returned to shore and was evaluated and released by Diaz ambulance.

The Saugerties Police department was assisted by the Glasco Fire Department, the Ulster Hose Fire department, Diaz ambulance, the New York State Police and the Ulster County Sheriffs department.

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