(Reuters) – New York City police scuba divers searched the Hudson River on Saturday for a retired North Carolina professor who went lacking whereas collaborating in a swim competitors, officers stated.
FILE PHOTO: A New York Waterway ferry boat crosses the Hudson River as heavy fog hangs over the Manhattan skyline in New York City, New York, U.S., May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
Police started the search on Friday, quickly after a witness reported Charles van der Horst, 67, went beneath the water in the course of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, stated New York City Police Department spokesman Ahmed Nasser.
Scuba divers resumed the search on Saturday morning, focusing their efforts close to the George Washington Bridge, Nasser stated.
The non-profit group New York Open Water, which organized the occasion, confirmed the swimmer went lacking.
The 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim is a 120-mile (193-km) marathon damaged up into a number of levels. Van der Horst went lacking in the course of the sixth stage. The last leg, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled as police looked for him.
The sixth stage spanned almost 16 miles (26 km) from the Tappan Zee/Mario Cuomo Bridge south to the George Washington Bridge in northern Manhattan, New York Open Water stated on its Facebook web page on Friday morning, earlier than van der Horst went lacking.
“This stage is a fan favourite due to the quick currents and exquisite views of the Palisades,” it stated on the time, referring to the steep cliffs that line the west financial institution of the river.
Van der Horst was amongst a number of swimmers who accomplished earlier levels on Monday and Tuesday, however on Thursday, the day earlier than he went lacking, he didn’t seem to have completed a virtually 20 mile (32 km) leg of the competitors, in accordance with outcomes on New York Open Water’s web site.
The 8 Bridges Hudson River swim begins north of town on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge between Hudson and Catskill and it ends on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Staten Island and the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
Van der Horst was a retired professor of medication on the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the varsity stated in an announcement.
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles