Search for missing kayaker concluded for day

Crews search for missing kayaker Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, Mich. (WISH Photo/ Jeff Wagner)
Crews search for missing kayaker Enrique Quinonez of Kalamazoo, Mich. (WISH Photo/ Jeff Wagner)

BARTHOLOMEW CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Despite bad weather, Indiana Conservation Officers and the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team were out Monday searching for the missing kayaker. But as the rainfall continued, authorities were forced to suspend the search for the remainder of the day.

Officers have thoroughly searched the immediate area of Flat Rock River in Columbus, Ind. with boats and multiple sonar units for Enrique Quinonez, who was last seen Sunday around 11:30 a.m.

Officers said the continuous rain and heavy current was not conducive for a search of this type. Authorities have hopes the water level will drop.

According to officers, Quinonez and a friend where kayaking, when he capsized throwing him into the water. Quinonez’s friend was able to enter the water and pull him to a nearby tree. But a short time later, he lost his grip and went under. His friend said he did not resurface.

ICO offcicers said neither kayaker was wearing a life jacket. Sunday night search crews were out until it was too dark to operate and resumed the search Monday morning. However, the search was called early due to weather complications.

At this time, a plan is being developed to focus search efforts a short distance down river from the scene.

The search efforts will resume Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

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