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Crews resume search for missing woman Saturday
BALLSTON SPA -- A day on the water took a turn for the worst on Friday. Five people went tubing down the Kayaderosseras Creek, and Saturday the search continued for one of them.
"We had five individuals enter the creek up near creek and pines trailer park. As they continued down stream they were separated. The information that we received is that the adult female continued down the creek on the tube," says Saratoga County Sheriff, Michael Zurlo.
The calls came in around 8 Friday night, rescue crews desperately searched by land and water for the female. But, when the conditions turned rough, they had to call off their search until Saturday morning. The last place whiteness say they saw a body floating was near Kelley Park.
There was a fast current Saturday and the waters were high, a reason rescue crews say the day on the water turned tragic.
"When they were tubing everything indicates to us that the water was very high, current was very fast, it was still stormy, still raining out, and water was being added still," says Peter Shaw, Chief of the Malta Ridge Fire Company.
We're told the inner tubes were the kind typically used in a backyard swimming pool, and no life preservers were used. When the conditions are like this, officials say experts should be the only ones who enter the water.
"If you are going to do any water activities and there are people out there on the creek today that we've run into that are engaged in activities because the water is so high but they're experienced kayakers, experienced canoers that have many years of experience and are taking the safety precautions including personal flotation devices," says Shaw.
We're told that three children were among those tubbing Friday. But, at this time, police are not releasing the relationship between them and the adult male and female they were with. They are also not yet releasing the names. At this point the woman has not been found.