Victim of Kayak Accident Identified

The body of a man killed in a kayaking accident in Little River Canyon has been recovered on Sunday, according to the Dekalb County Coroner.

The forty-one-year-old man was identified as Chip Sizemore of Sylvania.

A 911 call came in at 11:38 AM on Saturday morning about the kayak accident which left Sizemore pinned under a rock in the river.  Search efforts were abandoned around 1:35 PM on Saturday after it was determined that Sizemore had not survived the accident.  Recovery efforts continued throughout the afternoon and evening but were suspended until Sunday morning because of weather conditions.

On Sunday officials brought in a helicopter from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  Rescue personnel were able to recover the victim’s body around 11:10 AM on Sunday morning.

Over forty first responders from around the area participated in the search and recovery efforts over the weekend.