Missing kayaker found early Thursday morning in Concord

The female kayaker was treated by EMS on the scene and released
Empty kayak
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Concord, N.Y. (WBEN) – Erie County Sheriff's deputies assisted in responding to the call of a missing kayaker in the Town of Concord late Wednesday night.

At approximately 11 p.m. ET, the call came in at the Springville Substation for a kayaker who was overdue from their trip on the Cattaraugus Creek. The deputy responding to the call learned that the missing kayaker should be somewhere between Hake Road and Randall Drive.

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Attempts to ping the missing kayaker's cell phone were unsuccessful, but the individual’s vehicle was located in a public parking lot near Hake Road just before 12 a.m. ET Thursday morning.

One deputy entered the woods at Hake Road and walked westward, while another deputy entered near Randall Drive and headed eastward. A short time later, a whistle was heard and the one deputy was able to locate the missing kayaker at approximately 12:30 a.m. ET.

Because of inclement weather and the risk of flash flooding, the one deputy and the kayaker could not walk the creek bed and were forced to traverse the woods. Their pace back from the woods was slowed by the terrain and weather conditions.

At around 2:53 a.m. ET, the deputy who entered the woods from Randall Drive, located the party and the three exited the woods around 3:07 a.m. ET.

The female kayaker was evaluated by EMS on site and was released.

The Springville Fire Department assisted with the search, and Hamburg Fire Department’s water rescue resources were notified.