The search for a Salisbury area teen feared drowned that was expected to resume Thursday has been called off.
Kaelen Paton disappeared in a raging Housatonic River Tuesday while police say the 16 year old and a copule of buddies were swimming.
Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the the search awas bing called off for Thursday.
The rapids were still too rough for divers to get in the water on day two of the search and recovery, but expert kayakers and canoers floated down and scanned a five to ten mile stretch of the river, from the falls in Falls Village to the covered bridge in West Cornwall.
Meanwhile at Kaelan's school, Housatonic Valley Regional High School, grief counselors were on hand for his classmates.
Friends hear Kaelan risked his life to save a drowning buddy.
"He was getting sucked in and so he jumped in and tried to save the kid, got him to a rock, and then flashed 911 with his hands because they couldn't hear him," Cassy Worthington tearfully said, adding that Kaelan then went under and was never seen coming up for air.
Kaelan was supposed to be a sophomore next year.
His high school says it will have grief counselors and other support services on hand again Friday from 9am to noon.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times