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Body of drowning victim recovered from Illinois River

August 25, 2019 GMT

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma say the body of an apparent drowning victim has been recovered from the Illinois River.

Grand River Dam Authority police say the body of a 67-year-old man was recovered on Saturday after he reportedly drowned while kayaking on the river near Tahlequah, about 146 miles (235 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Police say the victim had been floating on a kayak on the river when it traveled into a log jam and capsized. Authorities say the man was trapped beneath the water for several minutes before emergency rescue crews arrived. Police say pedestrians unsuccessfully attempted to save him.

The man’s body was recovered at 11 a.m. He was not identified and his body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Officer to determine the cause of death.