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Arlington and Fort Worth officials search for missing kayaker

Firefighters continued searching Monday for a missing kayaker who may have been fishing in the Trinity River, Fort Worth fire Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said.

The man’s family told the fire personnel that they believe he entered the river around 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 1340 Beach St. — a typical location for kayakers to put in, the Fire Department said in a statement.

“The search has extended into Arlington and Arlington Fire Department has joined to assist searching downstream. At this time nothing had been located,” the statement said.

The man apparently went kayaking in an orange kayak Sunday near the Fort Worth Rowing Club.

“He was to meet up with the family later that evening and he didn’t show up,” Harrison said. “His family got some kayaks and began looking for him, but police told them to get out of the river.”

The man’s car was in the parking lot of the Fort Worth Rowing Club.

Firefighters in a boat began searching the river shortly before 10 a.m. Monday near 775 Beach St. and Interstate 30.

“With the overnight storms, the river is moving pretty good,” Harrison said. “But the dive team is confident they can work under those conditions.”

No other description of the missing kayaker was disclosed.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.

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