RIFTON - State police divers on Wednesday were searching the Wallkill River for a man reported missing about 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The report of an overturned kayak prompted the search, which was being conducted in the area of Route 213 and Church Hill Road. That stretch of river lies between the small power plant and connected waterfall just east of Route 32 alongside Route 213 and the Sturgeon Pool, where the Wallkill River ends.
State police have identified the man who is missing but were withholding his name.
Family members sat on a log on the bank of the river and watched as a state police underwater detection team worked their air boat with SONAR equipment along the waters’ edge of a large craggy island in the middle of the river. Fire and EMS personnel stood on the river bank or huddled in their vehicles as well.
Mike Peterson, an assistant chief with the Rifton volunteer fire department, said his members were at the scene Tuesday night and then returned early Wednesday morning. State police said the kayak and personal belongs of the man have been recovered.
The missing man’s body had still not been located as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The river runs fast and deep in a straight stretch where the search was underway.
State police were being assisted by Rifton and Esopus volunteer firefighters and their EMS units and units from a number of other fire departments and agencies in the area, according to Steve Nevel, the state police public information officer for Troop F, based in Middletown.