Canoeist dies in mishap; 2d man safe


Police said an Alford man has died in a canoeing accident on the Housatonic River in Stockbridge. Rupert Norris Vonbockbrader of Alford was in a canoe that tipped over at about 2 a.m. Saturday. At least 60 public safety officials from a number of Berkshire County towns, State Police, and Environmental Police participated in the search. The 21-year-old Vonbockbrader’s body was spotted just before noon not far from where he went missing. A 25-year-old man who was in the same canoe was treated at a Pittsfield hospital for exposure and hypothermia.

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