Kayaker’s body found in Kittitas County, Wash.



ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — The Kittitas County sheriff’s swift-water rescue team has recovered the body of a missing Renton, Wash., kayaker after it was spotted by a news helicopter.

The sheriff’s office says the team was searching the Cooper River when it followed up on a report from a KIRO-TV helicopter and found the body near the mouth of Lake Cle Elum. Team members recovered the remains of 47-year-old Lyvben Gankova from the bottom of a 7-foot-deep pool. He had been missing since Monday evening.

Authorities say he and another man were in an inflatable kayak that capsized shortly after they entered the water about 15 miles northwest of Roslyn.

Gankova reportedly was not wearing a life jacket. The other man was and made it to shore.

The sheriff’s office says the river is running fast and cold because of mountain snow melt.


Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html