Cold water search to restart at 7 a.m. Wednesday

The Cumberland Head Fire Department Cold Water Rescue Squad set out in search of a man reportedly seen in the Saranac River Tuesday afternoon. Reports over the scanner around 3 p.m. said that a man was in the water heading toward the mouth of the river where it empties into Lake Champlain. The search was called off shortly after 5 p.m. and is set to resume today at 7 a.m.

PLATTSBURGH — The search for a man who fell into the Saranac River was called off shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Plattsburgh City Police and Fire Department crews responded to reports over the scanner around 3 p.m. saying that the man was in the water heading toward the mouth of the river where it empties into Lake Champlain.

Police and Fire officers scoured the banks of the river off Cumberland Avenue, and members of the Cumberland Head Fire Department Cold Water Rescue Squad and a Department of Homeland Security helicopter arrived to help with the search.

It was called off at sunset to recommence at 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to Plattsburgh City Police Chief Levi Ritter. He added that the water rescue squad would return, joined by the New York State Police Dive Team.

He could not confirm reports of who the man in question might be.

"We have an idea, but there's nothing we can confirm right now," Ritter said.

The 42-degree water in the river appeared higher than usual, and was moving at a steady pace.

The area has seen large amounts of rain and snow and ice melt in recent days.

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