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Red Bluff missing kayaker presumed drowned

A missing kayaker has been identified by officials and is presumed to have drowned following a search of the area.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 11:39 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2021 11:43 AM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The victim of Friday’s kayaking accident has been identified as Matthew Lee Powers, 52, of Red Bluff and is currently presumed drowned, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported boating accident in the China Rapids area of Red Bluff at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.

Lee was kayaking down the Sacramento River with a friend when his kayak overturned.

He had a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in his kayak but was not wearing it at the time of the incident.

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The friend threw his PFD to Lee and told him to swim toward the bank of the river.

Lee tried to stay with his kayak but was eventually pulled under the water’s surface.

A search of the area was completed by the California Highway Patrol Air Unit, the CAL FIRE Air Unit, Ground Personnel and the Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit.

The agencies were unable to locate the victim.

Lee is currently listed as a missing person.

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