Local media report that rescue teams from Burke and McDowell counties responded to Linville Gorge on Saturday night after getting reports of a kayaker drowning.
No other information, including the person's name, has been released.
U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cathy Dowd says the kayaker got stuck on a rock and was pulled from the river by other kayakers who tried CPR. Dowd says the river was unusually swollen after recent rains.
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