Kayaker who died on Eagle River identified | VailDaily.com

Kayaker who died on Eagle River identified

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE – Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis has confirmed the identity of the kayaker who died on the Eagle River on Saturday as 31-year-old John Novak, of Minturn. Novak was on a private river trip on the Eagle River with two friends, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. He was wearing a life preserver and helmet, the release said.

The cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is completed later this week.

Assisting agencies included the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District and the Western Eagle County Ambulance District.

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