• Officials say kayaker killed in Linville Gorge accident

    MARION, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a kayaker has died after an accident on the Linville River in a Western North Carolina.

    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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