Search For Missing Canoeist Goes From Rescue To Recovery Effort

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The female who was rescued after falling out of a canoe has been released from Samaritan Medical Center.

But there's still no sign of the male who fell out of it with her.

"It takes time. We could be here for days. It could be weeks before we locate somebody," said Detective Dave Pustizzi of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Tuesday's recovery search was methodical.

Sheriff's deputies, working with state police, spent the day doing shoreline and aerial searches along the river.

The search was focused on the same area the man went down.

Even with river flowing strong, officials don't think he's moved much since he went in.

"There's some back eddies and the current. Based on everything, based on the totality of everything, this is probably where he is right now," said Pustizzi.

There's no timetable for how long the search might take.

Searchers will deal with another day of rain and clouds on Wednesday.

The search was called off Monday after it became too dark to look for the unidentified man.

Fishermen reported seeing a canoe capsize near the Eastern Boulevard boat launch in Watertown around 6 p.m.

A young man and young woman were in the canoe when it tipped over.

Neither was wearing a life vest.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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