Authorities search for missing kayaker in Grand River

Associated Press

Lansing – Authorities say a kayaker is missing after reportedly falling into the Grand River in Michigan.

Rescuers search for a man who fell into the Grand River while kayaking on Feb. 27, 2018, in Old Town Lansing.

The Lansing Fire Department says rescue teams were told that the man fell into the water Tuesday evening near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing. A search didn’t immediately find the man, but the Lansing State Journal reports kayak and paddle were spotted floating down the river.

The missing man’s name wasn’t immediately released. Boats and divers were used to search the water Tuesday. The search effort resumed on Wednesday.

City of Lansing and Ingham County rescue teams search the grand river for a kayaker missing since yesterday. Spectators watch in the old town neighborhood just below Grand River Avenue on February 28, 2018.

Fire department spokesman Steve Mazurek says “given the water level and the speed the river is traveling right now, we knew this was going to be a long, intensive operation.” The river has been high due to rain and melting snow, causing recent flooding.

The Lansing Fire Department says rescue teams were told that the man fell into the water February 27 near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing.