Hampden County

Search continues for Jet ski rider who went missing after boat collision in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A boat crash on the Connecticut River Sunday night prompted a dayslong search for a missing man, authorities say.

State Police say a crash between a boat and a jet ski occurred around 7 p.m. and two occupants of the boat were rescued by Environmental Police. Both parties were transported to the state boat ramp along Route 5 and then transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Law enforcement agencies searched the river until just before midnight on Sunday for the missing jet ski operator but didn’t find anything.

The operator is believed to be a 51-year-old man, according to officials, although they are still waiting for final confirmation.

Police were back on scene Monday morning deploying side-scan sonar equipment to assist their search. The equipment feeds a sonar image of the water column and river bottom back to a monitor on the boats and can detect anomalies in the water, according to officials.

Search operations on the Connecticut River concluded around 6:15 p.m. and police say nothing was found. The search will resume on Tuesday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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