My thoughts and prayer are with the family and friends.
River search to resume today
Police divers comb Hudson on Sunday; no sign of missing man
By LAUREN STANFORTH, Staff writer
First published in print: Monday, April 20, 2009
TROY The search will continue this morning for the 41-year-old man who jumped into the Hudson River Saturday while fishing with his nephew.
State Police divers searched for Darren LaRose in a 50-yard swath of the river underneath the Collar City Bridge on Sunday but found nothing.
LaRose's relatives hope he got out of the river somewhere. But Troy police spokesman Sgt. David Dean said it is unlikely LaRose could have survived for long given the water temperature of 41 degrees .
LaRose and his nephew, Brian Smith, were fishing and drinking on a dirt embankment underneath the bridge at Hoosick and River streets around 8 p.m. Saturday. Smith said LaRose took off his shoes, his jacket, set his wallet aside and jumped in.
Smith said LaRose must have thought he could swim in the frigid, fast-moving water. Police would not comment on LaRose's motives, only saying LaRose appears to have intentionally jumped in the river.
Smith said he was distracted while reeling in fishing line and looked up to see his uncle's head bobbing in the water as he was carried downstream. Smith ran and stopped a car on River Street and had the driver call 911 from a cellphone. When Smith returned to the river's edge, there was no sign of LaRose.
Smith watched a State Police dive team Sunday from the same bank as crews searched for his uncle.
''If something happens to my uncle you'll never see me fishing this river again,'' said Smith, who had been on the riverbank since 6 a.m. Sunday watching the water.
A State Police helicopter helped search the river until about midnight Saturday. Three State Police divers Sunday took turns searching by hand in water where the visibility was only 2 or 3 feet. The divers followed a 50-yard grid marked by buoys and ropes. Starting at around 8 a.m. this morning, the search will expand into the channel towards Green Island, and electronic devices will be used to view the river's bottom from boats. Green Island and Watervliet police have assisted in the search.
Police said a swimmer wouldn't be able to keep his head above water for long in those temperatures, and would sink to the river's floor quickly.
LaRose, who was currently unemployed, often helped his nephew take care of his three children at Smith's Troy home. LaRose was staying with various relatives and friends. He has a son, Darren, 21, who lives outside the area. LaRose just recently had a 12-year relationship end.
About six other family members watched through a chain-link fence Sunday, hoping they wouldn't see a diver bring LaRose to the surface.
''I just can't believe this; this is a nightmare,'' said Nadine LaRose, Smith's mother and LaRose's sister.