New Jersey man still missing after kayak overturns on Lake Champlain

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A New Jersey man is still missing after his kayak overturned on Lake Champlain Monday evening.


Vermont State Police were out on the water all day trying to locate the man, who has been identified as 41 year-old Eric Plett from Weehawken, New Jersey. Police say witnesses last saw him clinging to the upside-down kayak around 7 p.m. Monday evening off the coast of Shelburne Point.


The Coast Guard says the group he was with saw him swimming with the overturned kayak, but he planned to swim ashore. When they checked back 30 minutes later, Plett and his kayak were gone.
On Tuesday, search crews recovered the kayak, but after hours of searching, there’s still no sign of Mr. Plett.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that Plett may have made it to the shore and simply hasn’t contacted friends or family yet, but after a day of searching from the Vermont State Police and the Coast Guard, there is no new information available on his whereabouts.


Police are asking that people out on their boats near Shelburne Point stay away from the area where they’re searching, and anyone with information that might help the investigation are urged to call the Shelburne Police Department.

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