Body of Parkville kayaker recovered from Gunpower Falls

June 16, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

Emergency responders on Sunday recovered the body of a 26-year-old kayaker who had been reported missing a day earlier.

The body of Daniel Travis Deamond of Parkville was pulled from the Gunpowder Falls near Belair Road in Kingsville at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Brian Albert, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Police.

Deamond and a friend had been kayaking Saturday when Deamond ran into trouble at the bridge, Albert said. The river flows through four archways under the road. Deamond's kayak rolled under a pile of brush and debris that had collected in one archway from the recent storms, Albert said.

The State Highway Administration brought in a crane on Sunday to remove debris so crews could reach his body.

A member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department's swift-water rescue team pulled Deamond's body from the water. Teams from Baltimore County's police and fire departments and the state Natural Resources Police also assisted in the recovery.

Deamond's body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy, but foul play is not suspected.

Deamond was not wearing a life jacket, Albert said.

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