Niles man missing after kayaking accident

 

WATERVLIET — The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a 35-year-old Niles man who went missing while kayaking on the Paw Paw River near 4265 R. Smith St. in Watervliet Tuesday.

The man, whose name has not been released, was kayaking with two other individuals Tuesday on the Paw Paw River.

While kayaking, two of the individuals’ kayaks were struck by a log in the river. One individual was able to swim to shore and the second individual is currently missing. Police received a 911 call about the incident about 7: 44 p.m. Tuesday.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team has been on the scene conducting a search.  An incident command center has been opened near the scene.

Other responding agencies included the Coloma Township Police, Watervliet Police, Michigan State Police, Watervliet Fire Department, North Berrien Fire Department and Medic One.

More information will be provided once it becomes available.

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