Canoe Capsizes, Man Missing In Black River


Rescue teams searched a portion of the Black River Monday evening after a man disappeared following an apparent canoe accident.

Darkness forced officials to suspend the search after about two hours.

Emergency personnel were called to the river near the Eastern Boulevard bridge in Watertown at approximately 6:15 p.m. Monday.

They received a report that a canoe had capsized.

Eyewitnesses said two people were in the water clinging to the canoe.

Anglers, who were fishing nearby, jumped in to rescue the pair, witnesses said.

According to witnesses, the anglers were able to bring a woman to shore, but a man went under the water and disappeared.

The man and the woman were not wearing life vests.

"They were holding on 'til halfway down screaming 'Help.' Then we took and just did what we had to do to try and get them in. They didn't have no life jackets on...You've got to respect the water. If you're gonna go out in this, don't go out in a canoe definitely when they have the dams open all the way down to Dexter," said Randy Rasmussen, a witness.

The woman was taken to Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

City firefighters and members of the Jefferson County STAR Team were on the scene.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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