Kayaker’s body recovered from East Vail creek
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The body of a missing kayaker was recovered from the Black Gore Creek on Friday morning about a mile downstream from where he went missing Thursday afternoon.
Drew Hunter, 29, of Vail was boating the Class IV Fish Ladders section of Black Gore Creek with two friends Thursday afternoon when he became stuck in a hole – a spot where water pours over an a object and then hits a pool of water, creating a suction effect that can hold a boat underwater – according to his friends.
His friends tried to throw him a rescue rope but he was unable to grab it. Hunter, formerly of Fort Collins, disappeared out of his friends’ view as the creek narrowed toward a gorge.
The search began Thursday and resumed at 7 a.m. Friday morning. The body was found at about 10 a.m. Friday near the confluence of Gore Creek and the Black Gore Creek near East Vail.
Over 40 people from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue, Summit County Search and Rescue, Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Center, Eastern Eagle County Ambulance, Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Vail Fire, and the Salvation Army assisted with Friday’s operations.
This story will be updated.