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Kayaker Dies In Rain-Swollen NC River

2:43 PM, Jul 7, 2013   |    comments
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CANTON, NC -- A 36-year-old Lexington, Ky., man had died while kayaking in a storm-swollen river in the mountains of North Carolina.

Authorities recovered the body of Richard Bradfield late Friday, a day after he disappeared during an outing on the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River with about a half-dozen other kayakers.

Investigators say Bradfield's kayak capsized, then he popped up and was swept away in the fast flowing river in the Pisgah National Forest off U.S. Highway 276 in Haywood County. Some areas of the mountains have picked up more than 8 inches of rain in the past several days.

It took rescuers about a day to recover Bradfield's body because of heavy rains and rough terrain.

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