Man lucky to be alive, Kayak capsized in Hudson River

PRESS RELEASE-Saugerties Police

Date of Incident: 08/12/2017

Incident: Lost Kayaker

Location of Incident: Glasco Mini Park, Hudson Street Saugerties, NY 12477

On August 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM Ulster County 911 advised of a call for a missing kayaker from the Glasco Mini park. The kayaker, Tyler Brinkhuis, ago 20 of Glasco NY went kayaking at approximately 4:30 PM and was supposed to have returned by 6:30 PM. Officers responded to the Glasco Mini and confirmed that he had not retuned. 

The Glasco fire department and the Ulster Hose Fire Department were dispatched with their marine units. After approximately a half hour search the Glasco Fire Department located Brinkhuis in the water. Brinkhuis explained that the river sudden became rough and his kayak capsized. Brinkuis reported that he was in the water for over an hour using his submerged kayak to stay afloat. 

Brinkhuis was returned to shore and was evaluated and released by Diaz ambulance. The Saugerties Police department was assisted by the Glasco Fire Department, the Ulster Hose Fire department, Diaz ambulance, the New York State Police and the Ulster County Sheriffs department.

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