Search for missing kayaker in Athens County suspended, will resume once water level is lower

ATHENS CO. OH (WCMH) — The Athens County Emergency Management Agency says the Athens Fire Department has suspended a search for a missing kayaker after multiple kayakers were swept over a water fall on the Hocking River.

The search will continue when the Hocking River water levels are lower and safe. The river is swollen by recent rainfall.

It happened around 2:00pm Saturday. Emergency crews learned that 12 kayakers were in the Hocking River just above the White’s Mill waterfall. Six of them were able to get the riverbank before being swept over the falls but six were not.

Five of those swept over the falls were rescued but one kayaker is still missing.

The search for the remaining kayaker has been transferred to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

No information about the person’s identity is being released at this time.

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