Sheriff's Office: Kayaker missing on Oneida Lake was 'experienced'

TOWN OF LENOX, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Multiple crews are out at Oneida Lake in Madison County in a recovery effort for a missing kayaker.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the man, in his 60s, is an experienced kayaker from Wisconsin.

Deputies say he was kayaking all over and kept in contact with his sister in Alaska regarding his whereabouts.

His sister said the last contact she had with him was on Tuesday. Investigators were able to match up his last known place with his speed of travel to locate his belongings and kayak in the Town of Lenox.

The kayaker has no ties to the area-- he was enjoying the sites of the Erie Canal. 

His car was found in Niagara County.

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently taking over for the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Michigan is flying in to help with recovery efforts.

The incident was reported around 5:16 p.m. and the Coast Guard had been searching since 9 p.m.

If crews are unable to locate the man on Wednesday, they will resume their search at first light on Thursday. 

"Any debris any personal belongings anything that shouldnt be in the water that is in the water or washes up on shoreline, we ask you to call 911 right away regardless of what county you live in we are all working this together. If you find anything out of the ordinary, don't overlook anything just call 911 and let a law enforcer come take a look at it and might be very helpful for us," said Madison County Undersheriff John Ball.


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