A man died Tuesday after his kayak overturned in Willapa Bay, despite his son's efforts to save him, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Little information was available about the case early today, but Petty Officer Darin McCracken said an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria recovered the man's body from a remote Pacific County parking area at about 10 p.m. Emergency medical workers would have had trouble reaching the location, he said, because it was about a half-mile from any road.

The Pacific County Sheriff's Office declined to release any information aside from a possible press release, which had not been written as of this morning. The office logged an "unattended death" report in Bay Center, Wash., at 8:42 p.m.

The Coast Guard crew picked up the body and took it to Willapa Harbor Hospital, said McCracken.

Apparently, the son had managed to right the kayak and recover his father. However, the man was unresponsive. "By the time we were notified, the father was deceased," McCracken said.


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