Alcohol "may have played a role," Sheriff s Capt. John Watterson tells PEOPLE

By Diane Herbst
Updated August 10, 2015 01:25 PM
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The search is still on for Ian Jones, the boyfriend of rocker Annie Lennox’s daughter, Tali Lennox-Fruchtmann, who disappeared after the couple’s kayak capsized on the Hudson River Saturday morning.

“Unfortunately he has not been located,” Dutchess County Dutchess County Sheriff s Capt. John Watterson tells PEOPLE.

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Park Police are searching for Jones, a 32-year-old model, in the waters near Staatsburg, New York, where the pair were kayaking Saturday morning in a borrowed two-person kayak, Watterson says.

The couple were not wearing life jackets when they entered waters known for their strong currents, Watterson says.

Alcohol “may have played a role in the capsizing, but it is under investigation,” he adds. “I am led to believe these two people had little to no experience with kayaks. They saw it there [at a private estate] and took it into the river.

“It’s extremely important [to wear life jackets], and this case is a sad reminder of that,” Watterson says. “Going out into the river in a kayak can be more dangerous than people expect. The Hudson River has a strong current and people aren’t prepared.”

Kayaking experts have told PEOPLE that it is imperative to wear a life jacket or personal flotation device while on the Hudson River.

The pair launched the boat from a private estate in Staatsburg, about 14 miles north of Poughkeepsie, at around 9 a.m., Watterson says. Lennox-Fruchtmann, 22, was in the water for about 20 minutes before being picked up by a passing vessel at 9:50 a.m.

Lennox-Fruchtmamn, who was not injured and did not require medical treatment, “is doing okay, from what I understand,” Watterson says.

“She is understandably upset and is understandably anxious for some results,” he adds. “She is anxious to find him.”

Reps for Jones, Lennox-Fruchtmann and Lennox have not returned PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

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