Annie Lennox’s Daughter Tali Rescued After Kayak Accident, Boyfriend Is Still Missing
Annie Lennox’s daughter Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann has been found following a kayaking accident in New York, while her boyfriend Ian Jones remains missing, officials report.
It’s thought that Tali, 22, did not require treatment after being evaluated at the scene.
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PEOPLE reports the couple capsized near the Staatsburgh Stat Historic Site during a kayaking trip on the Hudson River on Saturday morning (August 8th).
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Captain John Watterson believes the river’s strong current and alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
He told PEOPLE: “The current in the Hudson River is very strong and we believe the current played a role in the kayak capsizing, and once the two got in the water it was difficult for them to stay together.
“We’re doing everything we can to find him. We hope to find him alive and well.”
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Authorities claim that neither Tali nor Ian, 32, were wearing life jackets at the time.
Captain John also told The Telegraph: “They were able to stay together for about 15 or 20 minutes but then they got separated by the current.
“They were holding onto the kayak and kicking and swimming all at the same time. They had only been separated for a few minutes before she was rescued.
“She was in the water and she was located and picked up by a passing vessel. She was interviewed and gave us an account of what happened. She stated they were kayaking a two-person tandem kayak and then it capsized.
“She gave us the location where she last saw him and there’s where we started to concentrate our search”
The search, which involved more than 50 people and a helicopter scanning the area from above, carried on until 10pm on Saturday, when conditions became too rough to continue.
They resumed their search at 7.30am on Sunday morning. Marine patrol and a dive team were involved.
A police source said: “The rescue operation has been hampered by difficult river conditions but the guys are doing everything they can to locate the missing man.
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“The Hudson can have incredible undercurrents which makes it hard for even the strongest of swimmers. Time is of the essence and although time is ticking on, no one has given up hope.”
Police described Ian as a 6ft 3, slim build white male with dark hair, wearing jeans and a denim shirt.
The accident took place about 60 miles north of the area of another Hudson River kayaking incident earlier this year.
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On April 19th, Vincent Viafore disappeared during a kayaking trip with his fiancée Angelika Graswald, with the latter telling police she had tried to save him after his kayak capsized.
However, prosecutors said Angelika later admitted to tampering with the kayak as part of a plot to kill him and collect his $250,000 life insurance policy.
Prosecutors said she confessed to police investigators that “it felt good knowing he was going to die.”