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Kayaker is trapped by a log — and then gets dragged under, Missouri troopers say

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A 44-year-old kayaker was out on the river with a group of people when her kayak hit a submerged log, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

After striking the log at about 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Venessa Gutierrez was thrown from the kayak and “became lodged against the submerged log” before being dragged under water, Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a drowning incident report.

Gutierrez, of Arnold, Missouri, went under near the smiley face take out of the Black River in Reynolds County, KMOV reported.

A search party worked to find her and dislodged the log jam — but she wasn’t there, Sgt. Jeff Kinder said, according to the Post-Dispatch.

They found her body about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Kinder said, according to the newspaper.

Gary Pierce, a kayaker from Winthrop, Massachusetts, talks about safety precautions kayakers should take. Pierce was rescued by the Coast Guard in October of 2017 in Boston Harbor after he was beset by weather.

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