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Avon kayaker rescued from Cohocton River by first responders

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A kayaker was rescued after his kayak overturned in the Cohocton River near Avoca on the morning of April 16. Troopers from Wayland responded to the scene around 8:55 a.m. following a call from a witness who saw a paddle, kayak, and coffee mug floating downstream near the Dollar General on State Route 415.


The kayaker, identified as 31-year-old Trevor L. Conklin from Avon managed to call Steuben County 911 himself, reporting that he was stranded on a river peninsula after the mishap. Utilizing the New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System Unit, responders located Conklin quickly.

Conklin was safely retrieved from the water by the Bath Swift Water Rescue team and treated at the scene by Bath Ambulance. The rescue operation was a coordinated effort involving multiple agencies, including the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Steuben County Emergency Services.