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Arkansan Dies in Colorado Kayaking Accident

Jon Kennedy, 40, of Fayetteville, died Friday when his kayak overturned on the Pine Creek Rapids section of the Arkansas River.

CHAFFEE COUNTY, CO -- An Arkansas kayaker was killed in a whitewater boating accident in Colorado Friday afternoon.

Jonathan Kennedy, 40, of Fayetteville, was kayaking on the Pine Creek Rapids section of the Arkansas River around 3 p.m. when his kayak overturned.

Kennedy was wearing a personal flotation device and helmet when he fell into the water.

And several boaters tried to rescue him, but were unsuccessful.

His body was pulled from the river about one mile south of the rapids.

Chaffee County EMS responded and administered emergency CPR, but were not able to revive him.

Kennedy was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was a Systems Manager at Northwest Arkansas Community Clinic.

He was also a kayak instructor.

He leaves a wife and two young sons.

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