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Search on for pair of Plum kayakers last seen on Kiski River

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Two kayakers from Plum were the subject of a search being conducted along the Kiski River last night and into this morning.

The identities of the missing kayakers — a man, 23, and a woman, 22 — were not being released late Sunday.

Mike Bash, Kiski Township Volunteer Fire Department assistant fire chief said that authorities were alerted by a brother of one of the missing kayakers. The brother became separated from them around 5 or 6 p.m.

The fire companies were called out shortly before 9 p.m.

Bash said there were at least 65 firefighters spread out along the river.

"We're spread out 8 miles," he said. "We've got boats down in Leechburg, and down in Avonmore."

Firefighters and fire trucks were lined across the Apollo Bridge, with spotlights aimed at the water and shoreline.

The trailhead of the Roaring Run Trail hiking trail served as the command center for the rescuers.

There had been no sign of the kayakers as of 11:30 p.m.

Searchers were being recalled so that state police could search from a helicopter.

After the air search was concluded, officials were to determine how long the effort would continue through the night.

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