DELAWARE — Emergency crews are still searching for a kayaker who went missing Monday night at Alum Creek.
Tracy Whited, the head of media and community relations for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, reported Tuesday morning that authorities were called Monday at 5:28 p.m. by a woman who said a man she was kayaking with had gone missing in Alum Creek.
The woman told authorities that she was kayaking with a 40-year-old man when she toppled in her kayak and fell into the water, Whited said. The woman reported that the man got out of his kayak and helped her. The woman said they were in standing water and she paddled to the shore while the man swam back out to get his paddle.
The woman told authorities that when she reached the shore and turned around she could no longer see him.
Whited said the woman did not have her cell phone with her and it took about 10 minutes before she could call 9-1-1.
The woman reported that the man could swim, but was not wearing a life jacket.
Whited said the area the man went missing in has a drop from about 6 feet to about 20 feet.
Emergency crews searched the area Monday night until about 9 p.m. when they called off the search for safety, but crews resumed the search at first light Tuesday, Whited said.
At around 11 a.m. Tuesday the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported that sonar teams and K9 on boats were being used to search the area and said that a dive team was ready to go.
An ODNR spokesperson said the search would continue all day.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.