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Missing boater in Passumpsic presumed drowned

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Police say one person is presumed drowned after a canoe overturned on the Passumpsic River in Barnet.

Rescue crews from several areas spent Wednesday afternoon and evening searching for a missing man in the river.

"Rescue personnel started combing river banks on both sides for several miles down river and did not find any sign of this individual," explained Vermont State Police Lt. J.P. Sinclair.

Police say a canoe carrying three people overturned in a rocky and rapid stretch of river. The two other people in the canoe were able to make it to shore. One of them was sent to the hospital for minor injuries. 

"They were able to hang onto those rocks for a short time but the third person was swept away from them," said Sinclair.

A State Police Dive Team staged a short distance down the river where the current is less dangerous.

"Vermont State Police dive team was on scene tonight for several hours starting to do some sonar work just below the area where the canoe flipped," Sinclair said.

Police plan to resume the search for the missing canoeists' body Thursday morning.

They have not yet released the identity of the victim.

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