Man Drowns in Russian River after Kayak Capsizes

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — A man drowned in the Russian River in Sonoma County Saturday afternoon, after his kayak capsized, according to authorities.

Rescue crews responded to the scene around 4 pm, after hearing reports of a male swimmer in distress along the Russian River, west of the Casini Ranch Campgrounds.

According to witnesses, one of the two people that fell off the kayak appeared to be in distress before disappearing underneath the water.

Authorities estimate the man was underwater for about seven to ten minutes before he was pulled out of the river.

Rescue crews performed CPR on the man, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released.

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