07-04-11 ROSYLN, WA Renton man's body found along Cooper River
Sheriff's deputies have found the body of a kayaker who disappeared on the Cooper River on Mon. evening (07-04). Officials said Lyvben Gankova, 47, of Renton, tried to float down the river with a friend in an inflatable kayak, but didn't make it far before the kayak capsized. Gankova's friend told searchers that he saw him holding onto part of a tree but quickly disappeared. The friend was wearing a life jacket, but Gankova was not. The Kittitas Co. sheriff's swift-water rescue team recovered Gankova's body Tue. afternoon near the head of Lake Cle Elum, about 2 ½ miles from where he was last seen alive.
Kittitas County Sheriff Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Body of missing Kayaker found at mouth of Lake Cle Elum, Kittitas County, WA - 07/05/2011 - Kittitas County Sheriff's Swift-Water Rescue Team recovered the body of Lyvben Gankova after it was spotted by a KIRO 7 News Helicopter. While searching the Cooper River for missing 47 year old Lyben Gankova of Renton, the search team received word from a KIRO 7 News Helicopter of a possible sighting near the head of Lake Cle Elum. Rescue member Brent Severson, working on a single man pontoon boat, confirmed the sighting about 2 1/2 miles down river from the point last seen. Team members launched a 12 foot inflatable jet boat near the French Cabin Creek Bridge and recovered Mr. Gankova's body from the bottom of a 7 foot deep pool. The attached photo shows two members of the rescue team returning with the victim, who was located near the tree line, 1/4 mile below the boat.