Drowned kayaker identified

Man who drowned in northwestern BC was from Tennessee

  • Sep. 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

THE BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a

male who died while kayaking in a remote part of the Stikine River in

northern British Columbia on Sept. 11, 2012.

The man is Jeffrey Dean West, aged 42, from Ocoee, Tennessee.

Mr. West, a competitive kayaker and kayak instructor, was kayaking

alone on the Stikine River.

He started where the Stikine River

crosses Highway 37 and was to be picked up near Telegraph Creek.

Another group of rafters found his body floating in the river in the

remote and rugged area known as the Grand Canyon of the Stikine on

Sept. 11, 2012.

The Grand Canyon of the Stikine is known to be one of

the most-challenging kayaking runs in North America.

The BC Coroners Service is continuing to investigate this death.


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