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Weekend efforts are fruitless in search for missing kayaker

November 24, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Despite searches of the Shenandoah River by experienced kayakers over the weekend, no one has been able to find a young man whose kayak overturned in the Shenandoah River on Friday afternoon.

About 11 kayakers have plied through the high water on the Shenandoah River looking for the man, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources officer K.E. White said Sunday afternoon.

Seven kayakers searched the river Saturday and four searched the river Sunday, White said.

"We have no idea where the gentleman is," White said.

Two kayakers overturned in the river in Bull Falls at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, White said.

One of the men swam to a small nearby island while his friend is believed to have been swept downriver by the swift current, White said.

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The names of the men are not being released.

The search for the missing man began Friday night, but was called off due to darkness and dangerous river conditions.

The search resumed Saturday, but was called off again because the rain-swollen river was too dangerous.

The kayakers who searched the river searched from the intersection of Bloomery and Blair roads to the Tri State Exxon in Virginia, White said.

White said no one is searching the river from the banks because the river is too dangerous. The level of the Shenandoah River remained high Sunday, flooding areas like parking lots along its route, White said.

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