Dive teams searching for kayaker who went missing at icy New Hartford lake

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NEW HARTFORD, Connecticut — Emergency crews are searching for a 53-year-old woman who went missing while kayaking in an icy lake in New Hartford.

Dive teams were deployed Friday morning at West Hill Lake to try to find the woman, who was last seen Thursday night. Police say she was reported missing Friday morning after her boyfriend found a note from her at her home saying she was going kayaking.

The woman's name hasn't been released.

Rescue crews say they found an overturned kayak and paddle in the middle of the lake. Authorities on Friday afternoon were calling the search a recovery operation and said anyone who fell into the pond likely would develop hypothermia within minutes.

The lake is partly covered by ice.

State police divers were using sonar and other equipment.

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