Coroner: Man Who Fell Out of Kayak Drowned

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) Drowning has been confirmed as the cause of death of a Nevada man who was discovered floating this week in the Colorado river in Garfield county.

Deputy coroner Kristin Clifford says 45-year-old Richard Banks of Las Vegas drowned Monday, even though he was wearing a life jacket when he was found.

An autopsy was completed in Grand Junction. Clifford says no alcohol or drugs were found in banks' system.

She says banks and his girlfriend were traveling through the area when he decided he wanted to go fishing in a kayak they had just bought. She dropped him off near south canyon and drove on to Rifle to meet him.

Witnesses told authorities they saw the man fall out of the kayak and into the water along Interstate 70.

The kayak has not been found.

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