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Coroner identifies victim in kayaking death

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WAFF) - Update: The Madison County Coroner has identified the kayaker who died on Sunday.

35-year-old Johnny Henderson III of Hazel Green, was identified as the kayaker who died in an accident on Sunday.

The cause of death was determined to be drowning after a strong water current pulled him into a nearby drainage pipe.

According to the coroner, Henderson was able to get his children and wife out of the water before being pulled by the strong current. Emergency crews searched the area and found him in floodwaters. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Original: Hazel Green Fire and Rescue has confirmed that it found the body of the missing kayaker in Hazel Green just before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Multiple agencies were searching for the man after he was possibly sucked into a storm drain while kayaking near Hazel Green High School.

According to the Hazel Green fire chief, a family was kayaking near Hazel Green High School but began to get out of the water when the weather began to get worse. The mother and children were able to get out of the water safely but the father was pushed into a storm drain. The family went to get something to possibly get him out of the drain but when they returned, the father was nowhere to be seen.

This is a developing story, 48′s Kailey Schuyler is on the scene with multiple agencies.

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