Black River

City of Watertown firefighters during a river rescue training exercise on the Black River near the Court St. Bridge in 2017. Watertown Daily Times

CARTHAGE  A loose Kayak floating in the Black River Wednesday sparked a search and rescue mission, but it was later determined that it had come free from its dock. Five agencies spent more than an hour searching the water and shoreline, before calling off their efforts at dark.

Carthage Fire Chief Brian Draper said his department was dispatched to 120 Riverside Dr. at 5 p.m., after reports of an empty kayak floating down Black River near the Carthage Market.

When he got to the scene, Mr. Draper said he found the kayak close to shore near the farmer’s market, nearly a quarter-mile away.

“I immediately put out a message on social media telling anybody who might have had a kayak come undone from their dock upstream, to let us know,” Chief Draper said.

The Carthage department put its boat in the water and began searching, along with first responders walking the shoreline. Assisting the search was the Carthage Police Department, New York State Police, City of Watertown Fire Department, the West Carthage Fire Department and Natural Bridge Fire Department.

“We had no leads to believe anybody was in the water,” Mr. Draper said, “and we called the search off at dark.”

Around an hour after the scene was cleared, a person reported their kayak had been missing for a few days. Mr. Draper was able to confirm the kayak belonged to them, and that it likely came loose from high water levels, got snagged for a few days and then was seen floating down the river.

“There’s no blame on anybody’s part,” Mr. Draper said. “It’s just something that happens.”

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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