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The Black River last Thursday, when it was over its banks. High water on the river is being cited as a hindrance in recovery efforts, as are fast-moving water and debris. Photo: Brian Caird
The Black River last Thursday, when it was over its banks. High water on the river is being cited as a hindrance in recovery efforts, as are fast-moving water and debris. Photo: Brian Caird

Canoeist missing on the Black River

Update 4/24: The search for a man missing on the Black River continues.

The unidentified man and an unidentified woman were canoeing just east of Watertown Monday evening when their canoe capsized. The man was swept downstream. The woman was pulled ashore, treated at Samartian Medical Center, and released.

According to WWNY TV, authorities have recovered some of the man's personal items.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's department is conducting the investigation.

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Sarah Harris
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Joe Plummer is director of Fire and Emergency Management for Jefferson County.

"The canoe apparently capsized for some unknown reason, throwing both subjects into the water. One female victim was brought to shore safely and was taken to Samaritan Medical Center for treatment. There's still one male subject that's still missing at this time," Plummer said.

The man was last seen about 100 feet from shore. Plummer says the Black River's cold: about 36 or 38 degrees Farenheit. That could slow down the search.

"We've had high waters and a lot of fast-moving water and a lot of debris – all those kind of things are going to hinder recovery efforts as well," he added.

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