Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

ESOPUS – On Feb. 13, 2018, at about 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 State 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.

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

State police have identified a male subject who is currently missing and believed to be the missing kayaker.

They are currently not releasing the name, said authorities.

The search lasted until 8 p.m. that evening. URT located and secured the kayak and other personal belongings.

The search resumed Wednesday morning on Feb. 14, 2018.

Efforts are still underway to locate the missing kayaker.

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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