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July 11, 2018

Crews recover body during search for missing kayaker in Lake Champlain







Crews recover body during search for missing kayaker in Lake Champlain



Shelburne PD Case Number: 18SH01504 

Investigating Officer: Fox 


Date/Time of Incident: July 2, 2018 


Type of Incident: Missing Kayaker 


Summary of Incident:



***Update 6:10 p.m. July 11, 2018***

Following continued search efforts since last week, the Vermont State Police Marine Unit and Dive Team using sonar on Wednesday afternoon located a body in Lake Champlain presumed to be that of Eric Plett of Weehawken, New Jersey. The body was recovered from the water in the vicinity of Shelburne Point late Wednesday afternoon and is being transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for positive identification and for an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.


The Vermont State Police received assistance throughout the search effort from the New York State Police, the Shelburne Police Department, the Shelburne Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


An investigation into the incident is continuing. 


***Update 10:15 p.m. July 5, 2018***

The search for Mr. Plett continued from Thursday morning, July 5, through the afternoon before being suspended for the day. Vermont State Police crews will return to Lake Champlain on Friday morning to resume the effort.



*** Update 11:55 p.m. July 4, 2018***

Search crews suspended the recovery effort at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. Searchers will return to Lake Champlain on Thursday morning. Anyone who has information or a sighting is asked to call the Vermont State Police, Shelburne Police Department, or the U.S. Coast Guard.



*** Update 7:40 p.m. July 3, 2018***

Search and rescue operations have been suspended for the night without locating Mr. Plett. The effort is expected to resume at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 


Anyone with information about the incident or who might notice anything on Lake Champlain overnight is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Williston at 802-878-7111. 



*** Update 3 p.m. July 3, 2018***

The search is continuing this afternoon on Lake Champlain for Eric Plett of Weehawken, New Jersey. Efforts by search and rescue crews have involved boats on the water aided by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Mr. Plett has not been located.


Agencies involved in the search and rescue have included Shelburne Police Department, Shelburne Fire Department, Charlotte Fire & Rescue, the Vermont State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


A subsequent news release will be issued when search efforts end for the day.



***Initial news release, 7:45 a.m. July 3, 2018***

A New Jersey man is missing after the kayak he was in overturned on Lake Champlain near Shelburne Point on Monday evening, July 2, 2018. 


Eric Plett, age 41 of Weehawken, New Jersey was last seen holding onto his overturned yellow kayak in the area of Dunder Rock, off Shelburne Point. Associates of Mr. Plett arrived to the area about 30 minutes later to find both Mr. Plett and his kayak missing. 


Rescue crews were dispatched at about 7:10 p.m. Monday and conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate Mr. Plett. The search is resuming Tuesday, July 3. 


Police have not ruled out the possibility that Mr. Plett was able to make it to shore, but he has not contacted family, and his whereabouts are unknown. 


The Vermont State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard are assisting in search and rescue efforts and ask that mariners avoid the search area throughout the day.


Anyone with any information that may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Shelburne Police Department at 802-985-8051. 


Note to media: 

Please direct inquiries to the Shelburne Police Department at 802-985-8051. A press release with any updated information or details will be released by Shelburne police later today as appropriate and in any event prior to 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your patience.