Rescue crews search Lake Champlain for missing man near Rouses Point Bridge

first_imgVermont State Police Wednesday evening at about 7 p.m., search crews recovered a body from Lake Champlain in Vermont near the Rouses Point Bridge. The body, preliminarily identified as that of Andrew Lynch, 42, of St Albans, will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death. Emergency crews including the Vermont State Police had been searching for the missing man in Lake Champlain near the Rouses Point Bridge between Alburgh and New York state since Tuesday. He was seen going into the water in the vicinity of the bridge.Agencies assisting the Vermont State Police in the search include the Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Border Patrol, which has provided a helicopter.***Update 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018***Search efforts resumed at about noon Wednesday following dangerous wind conditions on Lake Champlain during the morning that kept emergency responders on shore. Crews and boats from the Vermont State Police are being joined today by vessels from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Quebec Provincial Police, and divers from the New York State Police. Alburgh Rescue also is on scene.The search area is from the Rouses Point Bridge north, due to conditions including the wind and water currents.The subject of the search is identified as Andrew Lynch, 42, of St. Albans. He was reported missing on Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2018, by his family. His car was located in a parking area on the Vermont side of the bridge, and Mr. Lynch is believed to have entered the water in the vicinity of the bridge.***Update 9:15 p.m. Tuesday***Search efforts have been suspended for the night. Crews are scheduled to return to the search area at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. ***Update 2:10 p.m. Tuesday***Lt. Maurice Lamothe will be available for a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. on the east side of the Rouses Point bridge.Anyone who might have a sighting of the individual or who has information about the incident is asked to call the state police’s St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993.last_img