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Kayaker, 59, drowns in Collins River
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Emergency responders gather Sunday at the parking area located off Shellsford Road.
A man drowned in the swift waters of the Collins River on Sunday morning after being knocked from his kayak by a low-hanging tree.The body of the victim, Ernest Lee Wade, 59, of Warren County was found six hours after he was seen by his kayaking partner. He slipped below the water after being knocked off his kayak.According to the TWRA report, Wade was floating with Treyton Gritzinger. They entered the water at Shellsford parking area around 8 a.m. and were about 30 minutes into their float when the overhanging tree pushed the victim from his sit-atop kayak.“He was flipped and struggled to swim,” TWRA officer Pete Geesling said in his report.