Police seeking missing kayaker

As day two of the search draws to a close, police still haven’t located a man who apparently went missing while kayaking on the icy cold Wallkill River.

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 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 Rt. 213. State police have identified a male subject who is currently missing and believed to be the missing kayaker. The name has not been released.

The search lasted until 8 p.m. yesterday evening.  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