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UPDATE: Body of missing kayaker at Little River Canyon found, identified

The body of the man who was killed in a kayaking accident Saturday has been found, ALEA officers say.

UPDATE: The DeKalb County Coroner identifies the kayaker as Chip Sizemore from Sylvania.

UPDATE (10/27): The body of the man who was killed in a kayaking accident Saturday at Little River Canyon has been found and taken out of the canyon by an ALEA helicopter.

They aren’t releasing his name yet. He was 41 years old and went kayaking with his brother at when he somehow came out of his kayak and his leg got trapped under a rock. ALEA officers say they wrapped up the search around noon Sunday.

ORIGINAL (10/26): A DeKalb County man is believed to be dead after a kayaking incident Saturday morning.

According to the preserve’s public information officer, a 911 call was placed around 11:38 a.m. saying the 41-year-old kayaker was pinned under a rock in Little River. First responders from Fischer Rescue, Dogtown Fire, Fort Payne Fire, Tucker’s Chapel Volunteer Fire, DeKalb Ambulance Service, Dekalb Sheriff’s Office, ALEA, DeKalb EMA, and National Park Service responded to initiate search and rescue.

At 1:35 p.m. the rescue was reclassified as a recovery. Recovery attempts were suspended at 4:00 p.m. due to rising river levels. The recovery will begin Sunday morning, Oct. 27.

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