Crews find missing kayaker’s body near York River State Park

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YORK COUNTY, Va. — Search crews found the body of a missing kayaker Saturday evening in the York River by Croaker Landing, WTKR reports.

According to the Coast Guard, a good Samaritan called James City County personnel after witnessing a lime green kayak with one person on board capsize north of York River State Park around 12:50 p.m. Saturday.

When the man did not see the kayaker resurface, he he went into the water to try to help., but his efforts were unsuccessful.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched out of Station Milford Haven and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Both crews arrived on scene after 2 p.m. and started searching with crews from James City County, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Crews, who used side-scan sonar detection, located the kayaker’s body just after 5 p.m.

Officials said the man was not wearing a life vest.

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