UPDATE: Search for missing kayaker by air and by foot

Published: Feb. 27, 2018 at 7:41 PM EST
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UPDATE: The search for a man from Bath who went missing while kayaking in the Grand River on Tuesday has been changed from on the water searching to in the air.

Police tell News 10 that due to the weather conditions and fast moving flood waters, the Capital Area Dive Team will focus their efforts by using state police aviation, Lansing Police drone flights and walking the river checking along the river for what they call, choke points in the river.

On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in the river, got tangled in the debris and was trapped for a while in the river. The local fire department came to his rescue, getting him out of the river via a small boat. He didn't suffer any injuries.

The Lansing Fire Department says rescue teams were told that the 24-year-old man fell into the water Tuesday evening around 5:00pm near the Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing.

Rescuers say that the recent flooding is making the search more difficult because the river's water levels are so high and the current is very fast. "Given the water level and the speed the river is traveling right now, we knew this was going to be a long, intensive operation," says Fire department spokesman Steve Mazurek.

They had to stop the search around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night because it was too dangerous for divers to keep searching once it got dark and cold out.

The Lansing Fire Department says that everyone should stay out of the water because it's dangerous with the fast currents and extra debris from the flooding.

The missing man's name hasn't been released.