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Man who died kayaking in Carbon County identified

Posted at 3:34 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:49:50-04

A man is dead after kayaking on Rock Creek in Carbon County.

Edward Conning, 66, of Cody, Wyoming was identified as the kayaker that drowned after his kayak hit a fallen tree on Rock Creek south of Red Lodge on Sunday afternoon.

According to Red Lodge Fire Chief Tom Koontz, Conning was an experienced kayaker around the age of 65.

He was kayaking around 10 miles south of Red Lodge when he hit some trouble and his kayak over turned.

Conning was stuck under the kayak for more than ten minutes, and that is where he is believed to have drowned. He then traveled down the river until getting caught on a tree submerged in the river.

About 25 rescuers responded from Red Lodge Fire Rescue to recover the man’s body, along with assistance from the sheriff’s department and veteran kayakers.

Reporting by Zoe Zandora for MTN News