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Water operations resume on day five of search for missing kayaker

Search resumes for missing kayaker
Search resumes for missing kayaker(kfyr)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:04 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - UPDATE (6/9 2 PM): Maj. Gary Schaffer says at around 2 PM Wednesday, the Burleigh County Water Rescue Team suspended water operations again due to the strong current in the river. Investigators will analyze the data they’ve collected to revise their search plan.

The search continues for a missing kayaker who was last seen on the Missouri River Saturday afternoon.

Emergency responders say 41-year-old Joby Seagren was kayaking near Kimball Bottoms when he was separated from his group. Later, one of them found his kayak partially submerged and called for help. Officials originally suspended their water search efforts on Sunday, but continued searching by air and the shoreline.

On Wednesday, Major Gary Schaffer with the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department says they’re using the aerial imaging they’ve collected to resume the search in the water in a few targeted areas.

“Without a last seen point, it makes it very difficult. The river offers a lot of challenges here. There’s heavy current, there’s heavy underbrush, there’s logs that are in and out of the water, there’s trees, there’s boulders, so it makes it very difficult,” said Maj. Gary Schaffer.

Schaffer says the Burleigh County Water Rescue Team will stay out at the river Wednesday until all targeted areas are analyzed.

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