16-year-old canoer missing on White River in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – Authorities are searching the White River and its banks in Indianapolis for a 16-year-old boy who’s missing after the canoe he was riding in went over a dam.

The canoe carrying the boy, a 45-year-old man, and a dog overturned at the dam near downtown Indianapolis about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith said. None were wearing a life jacket.

The man swam to the west bank of the river, and rescue crews took him to a hospital in good condition, Reith said. The dog swam safely to the east bank.

Rita Reith

Two IFD divers searched the river at a depth of 4-12 feet for a combined 22 minutes but “faced extreme subsurface hazards based on river conditions and swift-moving current” before abandoning their efforts because of approaching inclement weather and darkness, Reith said.

Searches of the river surface and banks were to resume Wednesday, but no further diving was planned, Reith said.