- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a kayaker who died over the weekend in Calcasieu Parish has been identified as 24-year-old Zachary Collins of Silsbee, Texas.

Spokesman Adam Einck says a caller reported about 6 p.m. Saturday that an overturned kayak was floating off of the Interstate 10 beach on Lake Charles. The lake is on the Louisiana-Texas state line about 60 miles east of Silsbee.

Search crews learned that Collins had launched the kayak about a half-hour earlier.

Using side sonar, they found Collins‘ body. Einck says he was not wearing a life vest.

He says investigators believe Collins drowned but did not have autopsy results when Collins‘ identification was released Tuesday.


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