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Report ID# 100653

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Authorities confirm body of missing kayaker has been found

February 2, 2020 

Stephanie Fernandez, WBBJTV  Jackson, TN

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — First responders came together Saturday night in the search for a missing kayaker. Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner says they received the call around 8:45 Saturday night. The search lasted all night until Sunday afternoon.

Turner says two people were kayaking in Spring Creek on Saturday, and one of the kayaks overturned. The second kayaker went to find help after the first kayak overturned. “Two kayakers, one after they overturned their kayaks, one was able to make it out on foot, knock on a neighbor’s door here in the Spring Creek area and that’s what started the call,” Turner said.

Rescue crews searched on foot, by boat and even by air but Sunday afternoon, rescue workers found the body of the missing kayaker. “Rescuers were able to locate the body of a missing kayaker in the Spring Creek area. The body was located in the water in the area where the kayak had overturned,” Turner said. The kayaker’s name has not been confirmed at this time.The investigation remains ongoing.

Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner confirmed 28-year-old Tyler Osbourne, of Lexington, died after his kayak overturned Saturday near Spring Creek. A second kayaker who was with Osbourne ran for help, Turner said. First responders searched until Sunday afternoon, when Osbourne was found near where the kayak overturned.

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