The body of a rural Augusta man who disappeared Monday night while kayaking on the Walnut River in Butler County was recovered Tuesday afternoon near Augusta, officials said.
Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said the body of Dustin Tolbert, 19, was recovered about 3 p.m. near the old Santa Fe depot in Augusta, which is where emergency crews had been searching throughout the day by helicopter and boat.
A second kayaker, Joseph Vincello Jr., 20, of rural Towanda, was released from the hospital Tuesday morning after being pulled from the water Monday night.
The area where searchers were concentrated is near a small dam and is a dangerous part of the river, said Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy.
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"The river is full of trash," Murphy said. "It's well known that's not a good area" to be on the water.
He said the trash makes the river dangerous, and the water current running off the dam was 15 to 20 mph because of recent heavy rains.
Authorities rescued a 15-year-old boy who was caught in an undertow at the same spot in May 2007.
Emergency responders were called to the Walnut River at about 9 p.m. Monday, after the two men were thrown from their kayaks near the dam, Murphy said. The water temperature was about 60 degrees, which he said is fairly cool.
He said emergency responders knew there was a kayaker missing when they rescued one from the river but there were two kayaks in the water.
Murphy said exhausted rescuers called off the initial search at 2 a.m. Tuesday before regrouping at 9 a.m.
"Every effort was made in case he made it to safety last night," Murphy said, including searching the river shore, nearby roads and the missing man's home.